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The Analytic Theist: An Alvin Plantinga Reader [Paperback]

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Pages   388
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.27" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1998
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802842291  
EAN  9780802842299  

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The Analytic Theist is a book of essays written by Alvin Plantinga. The Topic are as follows: Natural Theology and Atheology God and Analogy The Free Will Defense The Ontonlogical Argument Is Naturalism Irrational? Reformed Epistemology Reason and Belief in God o Justification and Theism A Defense of Religious Exclusivism Divine Nature and Attributes Necessary Being Does God Have a Nature? On Ockham's Way Out Christian Phgilosophy Advise to Christian Philosophers Sheehan's Shenanigans: How Theology Becomes Tomfoolery Christian Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century This book is academic, has 369 pages, and is published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Alvin Plantinga is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame. He also has a book called God, Freedom, and Evil. James F. Sennett is assistant professor of philosophy at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA and has writen Modality, Probility, and Rationality: A Critical Examination of Alvin Plantinga's Philophy.

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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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Alvin Plantinga is O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of: Essays on the Metaphysics of Modality, The Nature of Necessity, Warrant and Proper Function, Warrant: The Current Debate, Warranted Christian Belief, and Science and Religion: Are they Compatible? (with Dan Dennett).

Alvin Plantinga has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Notre Dame.

Alvin Plantinga has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cornell Paperbacks
  2. Great Debates in Philosophy
  3. Point/Counterpoint (Oxford Paperback)

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The best Plantinga, for better or worse  May 18, 2008
Regardless of how one feels about Plantinga's work in general, this is THE collection to keep on the shelves for reference. A philosopher as controversial as Alvin Plantinga is bound to spur fierce disagreement as well as strong commitment, but any serious philosopher (or, as in my case, serious student of philosophy) owes it to him/herself to study Plantinga's works in depth.

This collection is essential and yet comprehensive, well edited and well presented, with an afterword by Plantinga himself. Sennett divides entries in four major categories: Natural Theology and Atheology; Reformed Epistemology; Divine Nature and Attributes; and Christian Philosophy. Nearly all of Plantinga's most relevant contributions are included, especially his evolutionary argument against naturalism and his discussion of warranted Christian belief.

The beginner student of religious epistemology (again: regardless of personal worldview or affiliation) cannot start with anything better.
Excellent Collection of Plantinga's Writing  Aug 5, 2006
Published in the late 1990s, The Analytic Theist is a collection of writings by Alvin Plantinga edited by James Sennett. Plantinga is one of the leading contemporary philosophers and arguably the most significant philosopher of religion in recent times.

Overall, this is an excellent selection of Plantinga's work touching on most key areas of his thought. I offer minor comments in two areas for potential buyers. First, although it is a convenient and broad compilation this is not original material - it has all been previously published. For those with other Plantinga works in their collections, I recommend a quick look at the on-line table of contents prior to purchasing. Second, the text was published a decade ago. Plantinga remains active and has written extensively during the intervening period - including perhaps his magnum opus Warranted Christian Belief.

I highly recommend this text to all students of philosophy and religion. It is an outstanding and accessible collection from a truly noteworthy thinker

A fine anthology of Plantinga's most important work  Jun 22, 2006
I was recently thumbing through an overview book of philosophy, and the writers made passing mention of how theism is a viable intellectual option, simply by virtue of the defense of theism that has been mounted by the great Christian thinkers. The author's three examples were Descartes, Reid, and Plantinga. Alvin Plantinga's philosophical work has spanned half a century and has influenced the whole of the philosophical world, among theistic and non-theistic thinkers alike. Books like God and Other Minds, The Nature of Necessity, and God, Freedom, and Evil have not only stood the test of time, but their influence continues to be felt across a variety of disciplines. In The Analytic Theist (hereafter TAT), editor James Sennett has collected the most forceful and significant of his writings.

One of the benefits of such an anthology is that it shows the development of a philopher's thought over time. Here are the roots of the movement now known as Reformed Epistemology, from Plantinga's argument that belief in God is no more unjustified than belief in other minds to his monumental essay, "Reason and Belief in God," where he begins laying the groundwork for his later work on why theistic belief has legitimate epistemic warrant.

But there is more to Plantinga than epistemology. Sennett includes his "free will defense" on the problem of evil, his modal version of the ontological argument for God's existence, a few chapters on philosophical theology, and even a review of a book of New Testament criticism. In all of these selections Plantinga's trademarks are evident: his sharp wit, his use of humor, his lucid writing style and, most importantly, a weighty clear-headedness that is the mark of any good analytic philosopher. For those unfamiliar with analytic philosophy or the type of meticulous logical argumentation that Plantinga utilizes, there will be some chapters that will seem difficult, if not downright opaque. As is the case in any highly specialized academic field, this is to be expected, but the general reader - and especially the general Christian reader - should not be turned off by Plantinga's rigor. There are other selections in TAT that are much easier going for the casual reader but are as equally important as some of the more technical chapters.

The only potential complaint I have about TAT is that it contains no chapters on Plantinga's work in the area of epistemic warrant, either from Warrant: The Current Debate or Warrant and Proper Function, both of which were published five years prior to TAT. No study of Plantinga is complete if it ignores his notion of warrant, but that is a minor quibble. TAT is essential reading for any Christian who endeavors to be an intellectual of faith. There is something here for not only Christians in academia but for every believer. Most Christian scholars and writers - if they are worth their weight in paper - are already familiar with Plantinga, but it's a shame that many Christian leaders and teachers seem not to have discovered his inestimable value. Pastors, knuckle down and pick up anything by Alvin Plantinga. Begin either with The Analytic Theist or Warranted Christian Belief. It's time to move into the big leagues.
Plantinga is one of the best in analytical philosophy...  Mar 30, 2002
I really do not belong to the analytical school of philosophy, being more into what is known as continental philosophy. Still, I have to highly reccomend this book for both theists and atheists alike. For theists, it will help strengthen some of your beliefs, while force you to think about other beliefs you hold. For atheists, it will do something similar, though it will obviously challenge more than it affirms. The greatest strength of this book, however, is that the articles are not all easy, nor are they all so difficult that only a person who's a master of esosteric terminology can grasp it. The essays range from easy (such as Advice to Christian Philosophers, as well as his treatment on the problem of evil) all the way to very challenging (his essay on Ockhams way out is one of the most challenging things I've read to date). In summary, Plantinga is one of the leading Christian thinkers today, and it would benefit everyone to read some of his writings, if for nothing else than to get a different (Christian) point of view.
Thought provoking look at Christian issues  May 10, 2001
This is a collection of Plantinga's writings on some of the big issues concerning Christianity, suffering and a just God, free will, rationality of belief in God. I've usally been disappointed by 'philosophical' discussions about God, we've all heard the watchmaker argument, but if you find that lacking in substance pick up a copy of Plantinga's writings, its an entirely different plane of thought. I will warn you, this is not light reading, you may have to put some effort into this.

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