Alvin Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga is the inaugural William Harry Jellema Professor of Christian Philosophy at Calvin College, as well as emeritus John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He received his B.A. from Calvin College and his PhD from Yale. He taught at Calvin College for 19 years prior to his 28 years at Notre Dame. Acclaimed for his work on metaphysics, the problem of evil, and the epistemology of religious belief, he has written books such asGod and Other Minds (1967), Does God Have a Nature? (1980), Warranted Christian Belief (2000), and most recently,Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. (2011). Dr. Plantinga is best known for his Christian epistemology that justifies belief in God without external evidence, his “free will defense” to the logical problem of evil and his evolutionary argument against naturalism.

  • Why Can’t God Intervene?

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    Why Can’t God Intervene? | Alvin Plantinga

    The advance of science doesn't threaten the idea of a personal and active God.  Read More >

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  • Where is the Problem in the Problem of Divine Action?

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    Where is the Problem in the Problem of Divine Action? | Alvin Plantinga

    Natural laws tell us how things usually go, not how they must go—especially if the divine lawgiver is at work. Read More >

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  • Divine Action in the World, Part 4

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    Divine Action in the World, Part 4 | Alvin Plantinga

    It is a very common idea that if you believe in miracles, you are somehow not accepting science. My conclusion is that that’s not true at all..   Read More >

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  • Divine Action in the World, Part 3

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    Divine Action in the World, Part 3 | Alvin Plantinga

    Classical science is perfectly consistent with special divine action including miracles. There is no science-religion conflict at all; there is only a religion-metaphysics conflict.... Read More >

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  • Divine Action in the World, Part 2

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    Divine Action in the World, Part 2 | Alvin Plantinga

    Physics tells us lots of things, but it does not say “and furthermore the whole material or physical universe is a closed system.” That's more like a theological or phil... Read More >

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  • Divine Action in the World, Part 1

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    Divine Action in the World, Part 1 | Alvin Plantinga

    An objection to Christian belief some people raise is the claim that central doctrines of Christianity are contrary to science, such that one can’t be rational in accepting th... Read More >

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