Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Plantinga has basically spent a majority of his philosophical career making Christianity a plausible philosophical position, and has done so by basically tearing down the arrogance of secular philosophy in the process.
Plantinga's wikipedia has some brief highlights of some of his most famous arguments including one that is dear to my heart, "Reformed Epistemology."
Why don't we know more about Plantinga? Well it's kind of sad really. Everyone knows Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens because of their charismatic personalities that have a bit of wit with their arguments. But Plantinga is not nearly the force as Dawkins and Hitchens, and thus much of his arguing really truly comes by reason and not by force of emotion.
Several atheist philosophers have noticed that while Dawkins and Hitchens are quite popular, their arguments are not anywhere sustainable compared to much of Plantinga's arguments. Further, we must note the "new atheists" as they are called are "winning" their arguments by attacking popular Christianity. They refuse to touch or acknowledge the Christian philosophers and theologians such as Plantinga or William Lane Craig who openly wrestle with the material that the "new atheists" present.
If you get a chance, you should check out Plantinga's debate with Dennett on youtube. It's quite fascinating if you have the time.
Posted by Joel Riley at 11:21 AM