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You can still rather deepen their knowing of Plantinga's ideas by means of studying what different comptemporary philosophers need to say approximately his work.
I think Plantinga has damaged loads of new floor, and it's interesting to work out how different leaders within the box are digesting his paintings. This paintings additionally comprises Plantinga's notes on his speech relating to "A Dozen or So Arguments for God."
My maximum suggestion. As a non-trained neophyte on the earth of philosophy, i discovered this booklet very profitable in placing a few context to Plantinga's paintings. i wouldn't suggest studying this evaluate, even though, with no first examining Plantinga himself. particularly, i'd suggest "Warranted Christian trust" and "God and different Minds."
A variety of his essays also are on-line.

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Very often, arguments for the existence of God have a couple of premises and involve a couple of inferential steps. It is, I think, very hard to believe that those kinds of arguments can be usefully or reasonably compared to ‘Quine’s argument for the indeterminacy of translation’ or ‘Kripke’s argument against the Frege-Russell account of proper names’. Finally, before we move on, it is worth noting that there are questions to ask about the very suggestion that good theistic arguments could play the role of ‘confirming and strengthening’ belief in God.

Of course, all theists suppose that the claim that either God exists or 7 + 5 = 14 is rationally acceptable – and many theists suppose that the premise in Plantinga’s argument is rationally acceptable – but no one who denies (or doubts) that the claim that God exists is rationally acceptable will agree with theists in their assessment of these claims. Consequently, if the project of natural theology is to convince people of the rationality of the belief that God exists, then it seems that we are bound to conclude that Plantinga’s ‘victorious’ modal ontological argument is not a successful piece of natural theology.

Even if we suppose that this is a defensible Christian account of the nature of numbers, it seems to me doubtful to think that this kind of consideration is really well suited to the task of confirming and supporting Christian belief, or of moving reasonable and thoughtful fence-sitters, or of defeating potential defeaters for Christian belief. For instance, I do not think that if I were a fence-sitter, I would suppose that this Christian account of the natural numbers carries any significant weight; I do not think that if I were a wavering Christian, I would suppose that this Christian account of the natural numbers is apt to bolster, or confirm, or support, my declining faith.

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