Reasons for God: Alvin Plantinga

Hi Ian,

Who would you recomend as a credible philosopher who can talk about faith and science sensibly? Has to be in English, sorry. I hear that eastern churches don’t have the issues that the western world has in this, but…apart from saying ‘thank you’ in Indonesian and Japanese I am illiterate.



Gday Max,

You surprise me sometimes with the things you know. Centre for Public Christianity does a decent job of spreading the news about sensible women and guys. Here’s one about a great philosopher.

Simon Smart interviews Alvin Plantinga    · November 30, 2009: Topic: Atheism, Suffering and Evil, Evolution

· Professor Alvin Plantinga is a leading American philosopher, from the University of Notre Dame, where he is something of an institution having been there since 1982. He is especially well-known for his work in the philosophy of religion. Plantinga is one of the key reasons why we are experiencing a renaissance of interest in a philosophical defense of Christianity.

His argument, made in the 1970s, that established that there is no ‘logical’ inconsistency in believing in an all-powerful loving God despite the reality of suffering, was something of a turning point in Philosophy.

Plantinga is the author of numerous books, and others write books about him and his work.

In this series of interviews at Notre Dame, Simon Smart talks to Plantinga about God, 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.


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

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

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

Plantinga responds to the criticism that God is a moral monster. He describes the difficult and wonderful aspects of being a believer.


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