Warranted Christian Belief

Paperback | January 15, 2000

byAlvin Plantinga

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This is the third volume in Alvin Plantinga's trilogy on the notion of warrant, which he defines as that which distinguishes knowledge from true belief. In this volume, Plantinga examines warrant's role in theistic belief, tackling the questions of whether it is rational, reasonable,justifiable, and warranted to accept Christian belief and whether there is something epistemically unacceptable in doing so. He contends that Christian beliefs are warranted to the extent that they are formed by properly functioning cognitive faculties, thus, insofar as they are warranted, Christianbeliefs are knowledge if they are true.

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This is the third volume in Alvin Plantinga's trilogy on the notion of warrant, which he defines as that which distinguishes knowledge from true belief. In this volume, Plantinga examines warrant's role in theistic belief, tackling the questions of whether it is rational, reasonable,justifiable, and warranted to accept Christian belief...

Alvin Plantinga is at University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A serious treatment of theistic belief A first rate work in religious epistemology. Plantinga uses his exemplary knowledge of modal logic to form a coherent belief system. The last in a trilogy, "Warrented Christian Belief" sums up his epistemic view and portrays Christian theism as valid and sound. This book refreshingly lacks the somewhat agressive and antagonistic apologetic nature of other American Christian philosophical works and instead presents arguments in an academic way while still retaining Planinga's characteristic wit. A must read for any student of analytic philosophy.
Date published: 2007-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warranted Christian Belief Warranted Christian Belief is an eminently readable work by a first-rate philosopher. For the first time Alvin Plantinga writes for a more general audience interested in the epistemological status of Christian theistic belief. Holding no punches, Plantinga first examines the most tried and true arguments against Christian belief since the Enlightenment, beginning with Immanuel Kant and ending with John Hick. He then puts the conclusions of the first two volumes of his trilogy (Warrant: the Current Debate and Warrant and Proper Function) to work by developing a viable model of knowledge, which can provide warrant for the "great things of the Gospels." Finally, Plantinga continues his tour de force by entertaining whether there are nevertheless more possible defeaters of his model. He considers historical biblical criticism, post-modernism, pluralism, suffering and evil, but finds that only if one presupposes Christian belief to be false is it unwarranted.
Date published: 2000-09-16

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I Is There a Question?1 Kant2 Kaufman and HickPart II What Is the Question?3 Justification and the Classical Picture4 Rationality5 Warrant and the Freud-and-Marx ComplaintPart III Warranted Christian Belief6 Warranted Belief in God7 Sin and Its Cognitive Consequences8 The Extended Aquinas/Calvin Model: Revealed to Our Minds9 The Testimonial Model: Sealed Upon Our Hearts10 ObjectionsPart IV Defeaters?11 Defeaters and Defeat12 Two (Or More) Kinds of Scripture Scholarship13 Postmodernism and Pluralism14 Suffering and EvilIndex

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"[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