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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Alvin's Epistemology, July 29, 2001
This review is from: Faith And Rationality: Reason and Belief in God (Paperback)
"Faith and Rationality" is not a layperson's book (what did you expect!). This is the introduction to the whole notion of "reformed epistemology." The essays are composed by Alston, Mavrodes, Wolsterstorff, Plantinga, Marsden, and D. Holwerda. The theme of the book begins with the rejection of "classical foundationalism," which is later supplemented by an agument for God's existence (God's existence is properly basic). I was very surprised and intrigued by D. Holwerda's essay. His eerie essay critiques Wolfhart Pannenburg's theology and thought on the Resurrection of Christ. Good book before reading Alvin Plantinga's Warrant series.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2008 5:47:55 AM PDT
Technically speaking, Plantinga's basic beliefs argument isn't an argument for God's existence. It's an argument that the skeptical argument against believing in God fails. It would be a further step to argue for God's existence as a positive claim. Also, it's not God's existence that is properly basic. It's properly basic to believe that God exists. Just some technical quibbles, but it's important to get the details right, because a lot hangs on the details.
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