Bryan N. Smith
Philosophy and Christian Faith (CHRI 3611), Houston Baptist University, November 2012

Abstract:

In his article in “The Cambridge Companion to Atheism,” Keith Parsons attempts to examine some of the contemporary theistic arguments in the philosophy of religion. In doing so, he focuses his attention primarily (indeed solely) on the work of Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, “the two outstanding representatives of contemporary theistic philosophy.” Although Parsons gives a good analysis of the views inherent to each of these two contemporary intellects, it is the contention of this paper that the objections leveled against Plantinga’s argument in particular, although insightful and worthy of attention, ultimately fall short of their intended goal in undermining the rational basis of theistic belief.

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