February 11, 2014
Is atheism irrational? Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga offers his answer in a New York Times interview.
I can't believe how brilliant Plantinga is!
It has not been my experience that making a rational case for faith limits my experience of God. Quite the opposite, really. My investigations into the rationality of the Christian worldview have only strengthened my faith and given me new eyes to appreciate the beauty of the God who would, as Plantinga points out, create a world in which a rebellious spirit like me could be saved by the sheer magnitude of His grace. But I think that's where apologetics needs to come down: more on the side of making the positive case for the explanatory power of Christianity than on the side of defending against petty attacks.
Josh, thanks for this. One thing I especially appreciate about Plantinga's position is that it reflects the _dynamic_ character of thinking and believing: rather than a once-for-all proof or disproof, faith-filled thinking is an ongoing task. We certainly should be expected to be reasonable and to grow in reasonableness, but reason does not exhaust experience.
Think Christian readers who are located near the Think Christian office in Palos Heights, Illinois may be interested to know that Alvin Plantinga will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference "What is Christian philosophy?", March 27-29, 2014 at Trinity Christian College (Think Christian's next-door neighbor).
How did I not know this, Aron? Perhaps isolation is the plight of the adjunct? I will certainly show up for Professor Plantinga's talk. After all, the philosophy majors of the Trinity class of 96 should be represented (all 4 of us).
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