The Analytic Theist

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Alvin Plantinga, called by Time magazine "America's leading orthodox Protestant philosopher of God," has had a profound impact on the philosophical discipline.

This book gathers in one place Plantinga's most important work in the philosophy of religion generally and his contribution to the resurgence in Christian philosophy in particular.

Organized into four sections-"Natural Theology and Atheology," "Reformed Epistemology," "Divine Nature and Attributes," and "Christian Philosophy"-these thirteen essays and book excerpts reflect the areas of thought in which Plantinga has been most influential. The volume also includes an Afterword by Plantinga and instructions for accessing his work on the World Wide Web.

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Editorial Reviews

For anyone unfamiliar with the influential work of Alvin Plantinga, this book will help to make up an unfortunate deficit.
New Oxford Review
"Plantinga clearly remains an outstanding resource for Christian philosophers in the academy today. The Analytic Theist offers an excellent introductory anthology of his writings, with a large cross section of representative material, as well as some lesser known but valuable essays.... Plantinga is an "analytic" philosopher, intensely focused on close analysis of logical arguments, so some selections will prove quite challenging. Yet one certainly need not be an "analytic" philosopher or even a professional in philosophy to benefit from the book."
Journal of Religion
This is a useful single volume of Plantinga selections which will no doubt be used in classes in philosophy of religion for years to come. But much more than a useful reader, The Analytic Theist reveals the mind of a creative, powerful thinker who stimulates our own thinking. Read and get your own list of projects to work on, things to read, and questions to explore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842299
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 932,365
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Alvin Plantinga: A Short Chronology
Introduction: The Analytic Theist: An Appreciation
1 God and Analogy 4
2 The Free Will Defense 22
3 The Ontological Argument 50
4 Is Naturalism Irrational? 72
5 Reason and Belief in God 102
6 Justification and Theism 162
7 A Defense of Religious Exclusivism 187
8 Necessary Being 214
9 Does God Have a Nature? 225
10 On Ockham's Way Out 258
11 Advice to Christian Philosophers 296
12 Sheehan's Shenanigans: How Theology Becomes Tomfoolery 316
13 Christian Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century 328
Afterword 353
Alvin Plantinga: A Bibliography 359
Reprint Permission Acknowledgments 368
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