Download Knowledge and Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga PDF

By Alvin Plantinga

In his broadly praised Warranted Christian trust (Oxford, 2000) Alvin Plantinga mentioned in nice intensity the query of the rationality, or sensibility, of Christian trust. during this booklet Plantinga offers a similar principles in a briefer, even more available fashion.
Recognized all over the world as a number one Christian thinker, Plantinga probes what precisely is intended through the declare that non secular -- and in particular Christian -- trust is irrational and can't sensibly be held. He argues that the criticisms of such recognized atheists as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens are thoroughly mistaken. eventually, Plantinga addresses numerous strength “defeaters” to Christian trust -- pluralism, technological know-how, evil and discomfort -- and exhibits how they fail to effectively defeat rational Christian trust.

Show description

Read or Download Knowledge and Christian Belief PDF

Best philosophy books

The Doubter's Companion : A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense

"How are electorate to go into right into a public debate if the techniques which outline our society and choose the way within which we're ruled are open neither to figuring out nor to wondering? " in line with bestselling novelist and essayist John Ralston Saul, the ramifications of asking this query are huge, immense.

Constituting Critique: Kant’s Writing as Critical Praxis (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Kant’s philosophy is usually handled as a closed process, regardless of the way it was once written or how Kant arrived at its general shape, the critique. in reality, the fashion of the critique turns out so artless that readers give some thought to it as an unlucky by-product—a kind of stylelessness. In Constituting Critique, Willi Goetschel exhibits how this obvious gracelessness was once intentionally accomplished through Kant via a sequence of writing experiments.

Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai

The Hagakure is among the so much influential of all eastern texts—written approximately three hundred years in the past via Yamamoto Tsunetomo to summarize the very essence of the japanese Samurai bushido ("warrior") spirit. Its impression has been felt during the international and but its life is scarcely recognized to many Westerners.

Kant-Lexikon

Kant’s innovative new method of philosophy was once observed by way of the advent of a mostly novel terminology. This resulted in the book of a few commentaries, dictionaries and compendia even whereas he was once nonetheless alive. With the Kant-Lexikon,a lexical reference provides the trendy reader entry tohis paintings at the foundation of present-day versions and takes under consideration twentieth century and modern learn and advances in lexicology.

Extra resources for Knowledge and Christian Belief

Sample text

Ayer eloquently demonstrates the gulf that separates analytic from Continental philosophers with the following reminiscence from his autobiography: it might have been expected that Merleau-Ponty and I should find some common ground for discussion. We did indeed attempt it on several occasions, but never got very far before we began to wrangle over some point of principle, on which neither of us would yield. Since these arguments tended to become acrimonious, we tacitly agreed to drop them and meet on a purely social level, which still left us quite enough to talk about.

That is, there is a Promethean temptation in Kantian and Fichtean idealism, where the human being turns into some replica of God, creating from nothing (it is worth recalling that Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein (1819), was subtitled The Modern Prometheus, where something monstrous stalks the scientific rationalism of the Enlightenment). To show some of the implications of this thought in the Continental 27 Origins of Continental Philosophy between Fichtean idealism, which is nihilistic because it offers tradition, let me give a couple of further examples.

Husserl held to a psychologistic account of logic and arithmetic until Frege persuaded him otherwise. It is the critique of psychologism, as well as the categorical rejection of any attempt to reduce philosophy to empirical science, that unites Frege’s philosophy of language and Husserl’s phenomenology. So, by this account, the origins of analytic philosophy have the same historical vintage as the origins of Continental philosophy, have a similar geographical source in German-speaking Central Europe, and share a common philosophical enemy.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.58 of 5 – based on 22 votes