Dec

31

2009

Justin Taylor|12:00 pm CT

An Interview with Alvin Plantinga

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.”


Part I: Reasons for God (6:16)

“Plantinga explains why he believes there is a God, and gives us a summary of his argument that says naturalism cannot be rationally believed.”


Part II: Where Richard Dawkins Goes Wrong (4:14)

“Plantinga suggests that Richard Dawkins is not only weak in argumentation, but that his conception of human nature is unlovely and dispiriting.”


Part III: Sure Faith Without Proof (4:35)

“Why faith makes sense even though we can’t ‘prove’ its worth and truth.”


Part IV: Is God Good? (7:28)

“In the final part of the interview, Plantinga responds to the criticism that the God of Old Testament is a moral monster. He also goes on to describe the hardest aspects of being a believer and the ways he has experienced God in his life.”


Those prepared to read some serious analytic philosophy may want to begin with The Analytic Theist: An Alvin Plantinga Reader. Plantinga’s influential trilogy on epistemology, published by Oxford University Press, is comprised of the following volumes:

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