In this talk, Professor Plantinga addresses the fact that many contemporary thinkers—including many theologians—believe that God cannot perform miracles, providentially guide history, or interact in the lives of people, as these activities would be contrary to science. Plantinga, on the other hand, makes the case that this popular view is mistaken; excluding divine action in the world is not a central feature of natural science itself, but a philosophical or theological preference that has been added on to science (and can just as readily be removed). Plantinga concludes that it is completely logical to accept the miracles of the Bible and support contemporary science.
  • 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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  • 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 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 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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