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Entries Tagged as 'Alvin Plantinga'

Alvin Plantinga Calling for an Argument

February 4th, 2012 6 Comments

We moved house recently but before we got the telephone services disconnected at our old house we rescued this answer-phone message left by our then 9 year old son Noah for Matt – note the attempted American accent: Alvin Calling (Noah had no idea how we worked out it wasn’t really Alvin Plantinga.)

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In Defense of Reasonable Disagreement

May 30th, 2011 39 Comments

At the close of his 1967 book “God and Other Minds”, Alvin Plantinga argues that if theistic belief is to be dismissed as “irrational”, or in some sense “epistemically sub-par” on the basis that it lacks a rationally compelling argument, then likewise we should also reject belief in other minds, since the best argument for […]

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Fallacy Friday: Denying the Antecedent

April 30th, 2011 31 Comments

This week I will look at the fallacy of denying the antecedent. Before I can elaborate exactly what is involved in this fallacy, it is important to introduce and analyse some valid arguments that are superficially similar. Modus Ponens One of the very first valid inferences one learns in logic is modus ponens. To use […]

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Contra Mundum: Why Does God Allow Suffering?

April 4th, 2011 29 Comments

22 February 2011 “may well be New Zealand’s darkest day”; these were the words of Prime Minister John Key in the aftermath of the earthquake which devastated the South Island’s largest city Christchurch. The death toll is expected to be over 200, many more have been injured, have lost property and now live in fear […]

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God and the Genocide of the Canaanites Part III: Two Implications of the Hagiographic Hyperbolic Account

January 16th, 2011 21 Comments

This three-part blog series is a modified version of what I presented to the Evangelical Philosophical Society meeting in November 2010. In a recent Conference at Notre Dame Alvin Plantinga suggested that the commands to wipe out the Canaanites, recorded in the book of Deuteronomy, might be hyperbolic; they should be understood more like how […]

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God and the Genocide of the Canaanites Part II: Ancient Near Eastern Conquest Accounts

January 10th, 2011 12 Comments

This three-part blog series is a modified version of what I presented to the Evangelical Philosophical Society meeting in November 2010. In my previous post, God and the Genocide of the Canaanites Part I: Wolterstorff’s Argument for the Hagiographic Hyperbolic Interpretation, I expounded and adapted Nicholas Wolterstorff’s argument for a hagiographic hyperbolic reading of the book […]

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God and the Genocide of the Canaanites Part I: Wolterstorff’s Argument for the Hagiographic Hyperbolic Interpretation

January 7th, 2011 42 Comments

Around this time last year I wrote two posts Joshua and the Genocide of the Canaanites I and Joshua and the Genocide of the Canaanites II. These posts attracted a fair amount of attention and debate. I got offers to publish my ideas in several upcoming books and present them before both the Evangelical Philosophical […]

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