By Deane-Peter Baker
Few thinkers have had as a lot impression on modern philosophy as has Alvin Plantinga. The paintings of this vital analytic thinker has in lots of respects set the tone for the controversy within the fields of modal metaphysics and epistemology and he's arguably an important thinker of faith of our time. during this quantity, a exceptional workforce of contemporary best philosophers handle the principal facets of Plantinga's philosophy - his perspectives on normal theology; his responses to the matter of evil; his contributions to the sector of modal metaphysics; the debatable evolutionary argument opposed to naturalism; his version of epistemic warrant and his view of epistemic defeat; and his fresh paintings on mind-body dualism. additionally incorporated is an appendix containing Plantinga's usually spoke of, yet formerly unpublished, lecture notes entitled 'Two Dozen (or so) Theistic Arguments', with a considerable preface to the appendix written by means of Plantinga particularly for this quantity.
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In God, Freedom, and Evil, Plantinga claims that natural theology is a response to the rejection of the belief that God exists, both by those who claim that the belief is false and those who claim that the belief is irrational. While a natural theologian “tries to give successful arguments or proofs for the existence of God . . [he does not] typically offer his arguments in order to convince people of God’s existence; and in fact few who accept theistic belief do so because they ﬁnd such an argument compelling.
2. (Therefore) There is an omniscient, omnipotent, and perfectly good being. About this argument, Plantinga says: “It must be conceded that not everyone who understands and reﬂects on its premise . . will accept it. Still, it is evident, I think, that there is nothing contrary to reason or irrational in accepting this premise. What I claim for this argument, therefore, is that it establishes, not the truth of theism, but its rational acceptability. ”17 If we agree with Plantinga that this argument ‘establishes the rational acceptability of theism’, then, it seems to me, we have no choice but to agree that the following argument establishes the rational acceptability of atheism: 1.
If other reasonable people 16:35 P1: JyD 0521855314c01 CUNY806B/Baker 0 521 85531 0 28 April 17, 2007 Graham Oppy can be reasonably brought to the belief that God exists by presenting them with the argument ‘ p 1 , . . , p n God exists’, then why shouldn’t we suppose that that constitutes a success for the arguments of traditional natural theology? “THE PROSPECTS FOR NATURAL THEOLOGY” (1991) In “The Prospects for Natural Theology,”31 Plantinga considers the uses or functions that natural theology might have.
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