Lecture 2: Epistemology
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I. Is it necessary to prove the existence of God?
A. Debate between Alvin Plantinga and Antony Flew
B. Evidentialist Challenge
A. Innate Ideas
B. Thomas Reid
C. Belief Dispositions
1. External World
2. Other Minds
3. Memory Beliefs
D. Alvin Plantinga
III. Evidentialism - Three Premises
A. It is irrational to accept theistic belief in the absence of sufficient evidence.
B. There is insufficient evidence to support belief in God.
C. Therefore, belief in God is irrational.
IV. Plantinga's Rejection of Evidentialism
A. Fatal Flaw #1 - Belief dispositions
B. Fatal Flaw #2 - Self-defeating thesis
For more information, see:
The full course, Christian Apologetics,
Lecture #3 Postmodern Irrationalism
Lecture #5 Worldview Issues
Lecture #6 Rationality of Belief in God
Nash, Faith and Reason, pp. 69-79