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Warranted Christian Belief Paperback – January 27, 2000
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"Warranted Christian Belief belongs on every Christian scholar's shelf"--SCJ 5
"[A] fine book; it has more virtues than a brief review can enumerate ... WCB adroitly extends Plantinga's project of developing a distinctly Christian philosophy, and in particular an epistemology of Christian belief."--Trinity Journal
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Alvin Plantinga is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
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Part 1 (Is there a question) begins by discussing (or searching for) some of Kants arguments concerning the impossibility of referring to anything beyond the world of experience -phenomena. Many others have taken up this 'argument' claiming that Kant proved that the language we use when speaking about the phenomenal world can not speak about the transcendent. Apparently, when the Christian speaks about God, ascribing properties to him -like infinite, ultimate- he is talking nonsense.
Part 2 (what is the question) deals with what is meant by an objector when he says that Christian belief is irrational. After much consideration the most plausible answer is found in Marx & Fraud -the same basic type of objection can be found in Nietzsche and Durkheim too.
In Part 3 Plantinga further develops his model for warranted Christian Belief (even if you have never read the other two books in the series - or God and other minds - you'll still be able to understand). This part of the book is the main response to the masters of suspicion (M&F), showing the futility of their objections.Read more ›
WCB is a philosophically sophisticated defense of even the simplest (and least sophisticated) faith. He challenges a very common objection to Christian belief: "I am not in a position to say whether Christian theism is true or false (who could know a thing like that?), but one thing I do know is that it is not warranted." Plantinga argues, successfully, I think, that this position itself is without warrant. Why? For the simple fact that *if* Christian theism is true, then believers probably *are* warranted even in simple faith. A serious challenge to warrant must therefore include a serious challenge to the truth of the belief.
Warrant is whatever, when added to true belief, yields knowledge. And Plantinga carries into the WCB discussion the results of the prior two volumes. A belief is warranted when it is the product of a belief-producing mechanism that is (a)functioning properly (b) truth-aimed, and (c) functioning in the epistemic environment for which it was designed to acquire truth.
This account seems to do the best job of making sense of those sorts of basic beliefs that all of us hold without having inferred them from other beliefs. I remember that it rained yesterday. What is my evidence that this memory is reliable? From what more basic and certainly known belief may I infer this? Nothing, really.Read more ›
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Alvin Carl Plantinga (born 1932) is a Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, who formerly taught philosophy at Calvin College. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven H Propp
Plantinga, and all of Analytic Philosophy, will ultimately go by the wayside in the grand scope of philosophical history. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan L. Godfrey
Strong in methodology and addressing the mindset and challenges to belief today.Published 16 months ago by Trent McEntyre
This is a very good read.
It is intermediate read.....just to note
Recommended highly for all serious christian thinkers and skeptics alike. Read more
This is the best philosophy book of our time. Plantinga is awesome! He shows how belief in God can be rational. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Danny Mac
Plantinga goes right into the justification of everything and makes a great case for why Christian belief is Warranted. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Cornell
"Teddy Roosevelt a century ago ... waded into a fight over violence in football and possibly saved the game--if not from extinction, then at least from relegation to second-tier... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Mike Robinson
Talk about an ivory tower academic who is out of touch with the real world. If you have the same confidence in your belief in God as you do in your sense-perceptions and memmories,... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by maverick909
Plantinga's book can be summed up simply with a few phrases:
'I assume god exists, therefore he exists. Read more