Warranted Christian Belief
by Alvin Plantinga
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"This book is about the intellectual or
rational acceptability of Christian belief." So writes
Alvin Plantinga in the first line of the preface to his
book, Warranted Christian Belief. The book is the third
volume of a series by Plantinga discussing the warrant
(i.e. the plausibility and believability) of Christianity. It is meant
to be independent of the other volumes, though, so starting here is a
good choice. Plantinga engages the topic of Christian epistemology
here, and does so with his usual style and intelligence. He starts at
the very base of the issue and builds layers from there, which allows
readers to gain understanding of the topic before moving on to more
complex arguments. In the preface, Plantinga notes that the book is
long, and suggests a helpful abridgment for those looking only for "the
central part of the story line" - they need only read chapters six
through nine. Plantinga is one of modernity's greatest philosophers,
and Warranted Christian Belief is a prime example of his
inclination and masterful arguments for the importance and viability of
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