Warranted Christian Belief / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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, Christian beliefs are knowledge if they are true.
About the Author
Alvin Plantinga is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Table of Contents
Part I Is There a Question?
2 Kaufman and Hick
Part II What Is the Question?
3 Justification and the Classical Picture
5 Warrant and the Freud-and-Marx Complaint
Part III Warranted Christian Belief
6 Warranted Belief in God
7 Sin and Its Cognitive Consequences
8 The Extended Aquinas/Calvin Model: Revealed to Our Minds
9 The Testimonial Model: Sealed Upon Our Hearts
Part IV Defeaters?
11 Defeaters and Defeat
12 Two (Or More) Kinds of Scripture Scholarship
13 Postmodernism and Pluralism
14 Suffering and Evil
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Alvin Plantinga, as a Christian philosopher, seeks to defend Christian theism (hereafter CT) by arguing that, if Christian belief is true, then it is also likely warranted. Plantinga argues that there are very few (if any) good de jure objections to Christian theism that do not depend on de facto objections. He argues, further, that if Christian belief is true, then something very much like the 'sensus divinitatus' (ST) exists, and ST, if it is functioning properly in a suitable environment, produces true (or mostly true) beliefs in its subjects, and that such belief is warranted under these conditions. He contends that ST is both logically and epistemically possible and plausible.