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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 epistemically unacceptable in doing so. He contends that Christian beliefs are warranted to the extent that they are formed by properly functioning cognitive faculties, thus, insofar as they are warranted, Christian beliefs are knowledge if they are true. - Publisher.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Is there a question?
Chapter 1 Kant 3
I The Problem
II Kant
A Two Worlds or One?
B Arguments or Reasons?
Chapter 2 Kaufman and Hick 31
I Kaufman
A The Real Referent and the Available Referent
B The Function of Religious Language
II Hick
A The Real
B Coherent?
C Religiously Relevant?
D Is There Such a Thing?
Part 2 What is the question?
Chapter 3 Justification and the Classical Picture 67
I John Locke
A Living by Reason
B Revelation
II Classical Evidentialism, Deontologism, and Foundationalism
A Classical Foundationalism
B Classical Deontologism
III Back to the Present
IV Problems with the Classical Picture
A Self-Referential Problems
B Most of Our Beliefs Unjustified?
V Christian Belief Justified
VI Analogical Variations
A Variations on Classical Foudnationalism
B Variations on the Deontology
C Is This the de Jure Question?
Chapter 4 Rationality 108
I Some Assorted Versions of Rationality
A Aristotelian Rationality
B Rationality as Proper Function
C The Deliverances of Reason
D Means-End Rationality
II Alstonian Practical Rationality
A The Initial Question
B Doxastic Practices
C Epistemic Circularity
D The Argument for Practical Rationality
E Practical Rationality Initially Characterized
F The Original Position
G The Wide Original Position
H A Narrow Original Position?
Chapter 5 Warrant and the Freud-and-Marx Complaint 135
I The F&M Complaint
A Freud
B Marx
C Others
D How Shall We Understand the F&M Complaint?
II Warrant: The Sober Truth
III The F&M Complaint Again
Part 3 Warranted Christian Belief
Chapter 6 Warranted Belief in God 167
I The Aquinas/Calvin Model
A Models
B Presentation of the Model
II Is Belief in God Warrant-Basic?
A If False, Probabyl Not
B If True, Probably So
III The de Jure Question Is Not Independent of the de Facto Question
IV The F&M Complaint Revisited
Chapter 7 Sin and Its Cognitive Consequences 199
I Preliminaries
II Initial Statement of the Extended Model
III The Nature of Sin
IV The Noetic Effects of Sin
A The Basic Consequence
B Sin and Knowledge
Chapter 8 The Extended Aquinas/Calvin Model: Revealed to Our Minds 241
I Faith
II How Does Faith Work?
III Faith and Positive Epistemic Status
IV Proper Basicality and the Role of Scripture
V Comparison with Locke
VI Why Necessary?
VII Cognitive Renewal
Chapter 9 The Testimonial Model: Sealed Upon Our Hearts 290
I Belief and Affection
II Jonathan Edwards
A Intellect and Will: Which is Prior?
B The Affirmations of Faith
III Analogue of Warrant
IV Eros
Chapter 10 Obejctions 324
I Warrant and the Argument from Religious Experience
II What Can Experience Show?
III A Killer Argument?
IV Son of Great Pumpkin?
V Circularity?
Part 4 Defeaters?
Chapter 11 Defeaters and Defeat 357
I Nature of Defeaters
II Defeaters for Christian or Theistic Belief
II Projective Theories a Defeater for Christian Belief?
Chapter 12 Two (or More) Kinds of Scripture Scholarship 374
I Scripture Divinely Inspired
II Traditional Christian Biblical Commentary
III Historical Biblical Criticism
A Varieties of Historical Biblical Criticism
B Tensions with Traditional Christianity
IV Why Aren't Most Christians More Concerned?
A Force Majeure
B A Moral Imperative?
C Historical Biblical Criticism More Inclusive?
V Nothing to be Concerned About
A Troeltschian Historical Biblical Criticism Again
B Non-Troeltschian Historical Biblical Criticism
C Conditionalization
VI Concluding Coda
Chapter 13 Postmodernism and Pluralism 422
I Postmodernism
A Is Postmodernism Inconsistent with Christian Belief?
B Do These Claims Defeat Christian Belief?
C Postmodernism a Failure of nerve
II Pluralism
A A Probabilistic Defeater?
B The Charge of Moral Arbitrariness
Chapter 14 Suffering and Evil 458
I Evidential Atheological Arguments
A Rowe's Arguments
B Draper's Argument
II Nonargumentative Defeaters?
Index 500

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Library of Congress
BT1102 .P57 2000

The Physical Object

xx, 508 p. ;
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0195131932, 0195131924
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