The Dawkins Confusion – Plantinga responds Dr. Alvin Plantinga my all time favorite philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, who I’ve mentioned. Alvin Plantinga is without question one of the great scholars in the world Alister McGrath & Joanna Collicutt McGrath, The Dawkins Delusion?. Christianity Today has published this lengthy review of The God Delusion. The review’s author is Alvin Plantinga, who is often described as.

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Having said that I have dawkims say that what I am seeing here is a rather perplexing problem of arguing on two separate but interweaving levels, ontological and epistemological. That realm above the ordinary is the area he is appealing to anyway and all he needs for his argument is that naturalists cannot distinguishby any reasonable means, between the good and bad results of our less reliable cognitive faculties. Adaptive evolution seems plenty adequate to get us that much.

That’s the only way our “sense divinus” — the one which leads us to God — could not be possibly be mistaken.

God has created us in his image, and an important part of our image bearing is our resembling him having nipples! The contradictions of Richard Dawkins Alvin Plantinga. With the advent of toolmaking and language and entirely new era of evolutionary competition was born.

Alvin Plantinga Zings Richard Dawkins

Whilst Plantinga is a wonderful philosopher, CS Lewis was a better writer, so, perhaps you’d have more luck wrapping your head around this version: Plantinga’s not really worried about justifying our trust in our senses or general processes of reasoning. Here Platinga succeeds in combining these fallacies in one sentence. The survival and reproductive success of human beings does. I also find the arguments of fundamentalist converts bordering on the pathetic — people like Dan Barker and Farrell Till.


Dawkins and again Dennett echoes him argues that “the main thing we want to explain” is “organized complexity”. But why does he think God is complex?

Our brains plwntinga form models of the world and act on them without the need for plntinga conscious awareness of those models. You may dawins interested in a new book that has just been published in response to Sam Harris. It’s as likely, given unguided evolution, that we live in a sort of dream world as that we actually know something about ourselves and our world.

March 5, at Winning the Powerball jackpot is very unlikely. The only sense I can make of it is to suppose that by this view our beliefs are merely a side-effect of some neurophysiology that exists for some other purpose, and that the beliefs themselves have no effect on our behaviour. Email required Address never made public. Perhaps you can explain to me why people are praising this article. Posted by Ben Witherington at 4: I’m merely arguing that claiming that selection’s effect on our perceptions is an answer to that conundrum is a poor strategy, since it easily leads into things such as arguing that religion itself is a selectively advantageous “illusion” despite selection supposedly insuring our perceptions won’t deliver illusions.

God has created us in his image, and an important part of our image bearing is our resembling dawkkins in being able to form true beliefs and achieve knowledge. At an earlier time, the fine-tuning had to be even more remarkable.

But here it’s not easy to take them seriously. According to his definition set out in The Blind Watchmakersomething is complex if it is has parts that are “arranged in a way that is unlikely to have arisen by chance alone.

Alvin Plantinga Zings Richard Dawkins | Denny Burk

John Pieret, There is also the problem of how you explain the persistence and pervasiveness of religion. Most people find maths and theoretical science very difficult, but are pretty good at solving practical problems.


You have explained nothing at all! Connections Reloaded by Ajay D’Souza. And since the reliability of their cognitive apparatus has been called into such grave question, naturalists are rationally bound to dismiss any belief accepted on the basis of trust in that apparatus. The choices he gives are God and everything else.

It is clear that evolved brains can be unreliable. This combination of generally accurate cognitive faculties with certain situations where they go wrong seems to be what we find in practice, as Richard Wein pointed out.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that Plantinga’s proposed refutations are not merely wrong, but mostly stupid. It is obvious that theists won’t be able to give an ultimate explanation of mind, because, naturally enough, there isn’t any explanation of the existence of God. Like most naturalists, Dawkins is a materialist about human beings: Although natural selection will not necessarily lead to reliable cognitive ability, it’s a plausible explanation of what we observe.

If naturalism were true, so the argument goes, we wouldn’t be able to observe such things.

ddawkins I think you are misconstruing what I have said here. As Jason R put it:. God has created us in his image, and an important part of our image bearing is our resembling him in performing miracles.

But let me put irritation aside and do my best to take Dawkins’s central argument seriously. The same reasoning holds for the many-universes answer to the fine-tuning problem: I see no a,vin for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents.