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Warranted Christian Belief

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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 epist ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 27th 1999)
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This is the third, and hence final, book in "the warrant trilogy." Here Plantinga begins by looking into the de jure question, viz., is it rational, reasonable, justified, warranted, to accept Christian belief. Or, is the Christian epistemologically negligible for accepting such beliefs - belief in God, belief in the great truths of the Gospel, etc?

Plantinga concludes (after much rigorous philosophical investigation) that all such objections depend on the de facto question, viz., does God exist
Aug 07, 2015 Felipe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Excelente do ponto de vista filosófico. Se quiser boa filosofia com boa teologia, então vá ler Gordon Clark. :)
I want to say right out of the gate that this is a preliminary review, and I hope to chew on Plantinga's theory like the cud, sending it through all seven of my mental stomachs. So I wouldn't burn at the stake for anything I say below (right now), but here goes anyway...

"But is it true? This is the really important question. And here we pass beyond the competence of philosophy, whose main competence in this area, is to clear away certain objections, impedance, and obstacles to Christian belief..
Dec 06, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Persons interested in apologetics
Recommended to Eric by: Brandon Wolfram
The only reason I did not give this book a 5 star rating was because it was on epistemology, in addition to its apologetics. Will Durant did not speak highly of epistemology, "No apology is offered for the neglect of epistemology. That dismal science received its due in the chapter on Kant, ..." The Story of Philosophy: the Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers, 2d ed. (New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952), viii. That aside, Plantinga is masterful in his straightforward respons ...more
Stephen Hiemstra
Part 3 of my Longfield review ended with a rather frustrating assessment:

“The weakness in the evangelical position is philosophical: very few PCUSA pastors and theologians today subscribe to Scottish Common Sense Realism. If to be postmodern means to believe that scripture can only be interpreted correctly within its context, then we are all liberals in a Machen sense. A strong, confessional position requires philosophical warrant—a philosophical problem requires a philosophical solution—which w
Jacob Aitken
Few books in a genre can lay claim to the title of “game changer.” This one just might (or any of his “Warrant” books).

Thesis: A belief B has warrant for one if and only if B is produced by one's properly functioning cognitive faculties in circumstances to which those faculties are designed to apply; in addition those faculties must be designed for the purpose of producing true beliefs (Plantinga 498). The goal of warrant, as opposed to simple epistemic justification, is that one can rationally
In this, the final part of the Warrant series, Plantinga attacks de jure objections to Christian belief. De jure objections in some way claim that, regardless of whether or not Christian belief is true, Christian belief is in some way irrational, unjustified, or unwarranted. Plantinga argues that all de jure objections are either based on faulty arguments or presuppose the falsity of Christian beliefs. As a result, Plantinga claims that there is no viable de jure objection to Christianity that i ...more
In this last book of a trilogy Plantinga lays down an argument for the defense of the warrant and rationality of Christian belief. He first argues that warrant is conferred to beliefs obtained via properly functioning faculties working according to some design plan in an environment congenial to their aiming at truth. He then argues for a sensus divinitatus, an interpretation of Calvin's theology, as a primary source for belief formation about God. Akin to a perception or experience, beliefs for ...more
Plantinga sets out in this book to answer the de jure objections to Christian faith which are arguments that, apart from whether Christianity is true or not (de facto objections), argue that Christian belief is unjustifiable, irrational or not intellectually respectable. After discussing whether we can speak of God anyway (Part 1), the second part of the book seeks to discover just what the de jure objection is. Plantinga is an excellent philosopher and this book is filled with philosophical jar ...more
This is an excellent work in Christian Philosophy. Plantinga articulates a comprehensive system for epistemically justified Christian belief. I particularly appreciated his responses to Kaufmann, Hick, and the Freud/Marx Complaint. Regardless where you land epistemologically, Warranted Christian Belief is a must read for any Christian doing philosophy.
It's misleading, really, that I've given this book three stars. It's important and even majesterial - in part because of it's content (which is, on the whole, excellent), but moreso because of its effects.

For Christian philosophy students, I hardly need to recommend it. It carries its own recommendation.

For non-philosophers, I would recommend it - but I would recommend reading from it "as needed." There's no need to sit down and plow through this 500 (oh - 499 page) book unless you've a keen i
Robert Hutchinson
A little slow going even for a philosophy book but a classic in Christian philosophical apologetics. Personally, I think all philosophy should be easier to read than it is. That is what I love about Sandel's JUSTICE. Anyone can read it and understand the concepts he presents.
Jeffrey Backlin
Advanced: admittedly this was a pretty difficult read for me, but I felt like the topic was too important to give up on. After re-reading sections several times I found it helpful.
Only read parts relevant to research I was doing at the time, but this is awesome.
Ben Nasmith
A very important book for understanding the justification, or warrant, for one's Christian beliefs. Plantinga distinguishes between the de facto and de jure objections to Christian belief. He argues that there is no valid de jure objection without a valid de facto objection. Roughly speaking, Christian belief is rational unless it is in fact false. It becomes very difficult to show that it is irrational because this requires showing that it is false. The de jure objector must instead put forward ...more
Rick Davis
I remember doing a paper on Plantinga's use of Bayes' Theorum in my Philosophy of Religion class in college. Plantinga is able to write incredibly dense and erudite philosophy while maintaining a quirky sense of humor that catches the reader off guard from time to time. Someday I'd like to go back and read the other two books in this series.
May 25, 2010 Bryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
The popular approach to critiquing (sp?) Xtianity has to do with finding it unjustifiable based on evidence - like approaching the question of the truth of Xtianity like the truth of a scientific hypothesis. From what I can tell so far Plantinga is questioning whether or not that approach has any validity or not...
Jared Leonard
Hardcore Christian Philosophy. A long, tough read but well worth the effort if you want to hold your own in that wonderful arena called the marketplace of ideas. This book will step up your game in apologetics and there are very few books which enable you to do so more than this one.
This book will definitely appeal most to those with a background in philosophy and the debate surrounding belief justification. It's not apologetics in the traditional sense- it really engages with the current philosophical debate and contributes to it.
Josh Shelton
One of the greatest books I have ever read. Certainly the Greatest apologetical epistemological book I have ever read.

In terms of apologetics, nothing surpasses this that I know of.
Final book in the Plantinga classic trilogy on Warrant and a must-read for the Christian philosopher interested in epistemology...fairly technical though and a bit dry at times.
David Nagar
bits and pieces i read. i'm not a christian, but it is helpful for understanding theological issues
Andrew Boyle
Extremely intriguing and engaging suggestions and models for Christian epistemology.
Bud Hewlett
Long and heavy, but very helpful in understanding Christian epistemology.
Outstanding and lucid, but difficult read.
Richard Kinder
Dec 27, 2007 Richard Kinder is currently reading it
Recommends it for: philosophy of religion or epistemology peeps
This book is wicked bad so far.
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He is an American analytic philosopher, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and the inaugural holder of the Jellema Chair in Philosophy at Calvin College.

Plantinga is widely known for his work in philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics.

He has delivered the Gifford Lectures three times and was described by TIME mag
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“Reason is the power or capacity whereby we see or detect logical relationships among propositions.” 12 likes
“In religious belief as elsewhere, we must take our chances, recognizing that we could be wrong, dreadfully wrong. There are no guarantees; the religious life is a venture; foolish and debilitating error is a permanent possibility. (If we can be wrong, however, we can also be right.)” 5 likes
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