Interviews with Alvin Plantinga

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[tweetmeme]Alvin Plantinga, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, is one of the greatest and most influential philosophers of the 20th century.

The following videos (about 25 minutes altogether) are of Simon Smart (Centre for Public Christianity) interviewing Plantinga. They talk about reasons for belief in God, the arguments of Richard Dawkins, and personal faith. “Plantinga provides a summary of his evolutionary argument against Naturalism, as well as giving a personal reflection on the highs and lows of a life of faith.”

(HT: Between Two Worlds)

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3 thoughts on “Interviews with Alvin Plantinga

  1. Hi Chris,

    Plantinga does have some interesting things to say and it is good that we have someone like him. However, explaining physical evil will give him the biggest headache. Chardin wrote that evil is the side effect of evolution, but it was not convincing.

    All the best,


  2. Thanks for the link. I allways find Plantinga frustrating. It’s a very well argued version of subjectivism. And it’s extremely difficult to counter. But I (ironically) find myself disatisfied because I believe (and I can’t show why) that there ought to be better explanations. :0)

    • Hi Rob,
      I know what you’re saying — it seems counter-intuitive in some way. But, after all, I’ve been persuaded. For me, the most persuasive aspect is his concept of proper function. That makes the most sense to me of all the theories in epistemology I’m familiar with: that we can know truth and reality because our cognitive faculties have been designed by God to apprehend those things. Of course, other Christian philosophers disagree with his externalist epistemology. But he’s the kind of philosopher that whatever he says, one will have to take it seriously.
      Happy New Year!

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