Alvin Plantinga Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
February 6, 2013 in Current News
Alvin Plantinga has been awarded the Nicholas Rescher Prize for his lifetime contributions to systematic philosophy.
David J. Theroux of The Independent Institute has written a piece explaining the prestige of this award and various contributions Plantinga has made to the field of philosophy of religion. He writes,
Plantinga is widely known for his work in the philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics, and he has revolutionized scholarly interest in Christian theism, shown naturalism/atheism to be self-refuting and incoherent, and set the new standards for the defense of free will, individual agency, consciousness, rational inference, science, objective truth and morality, and more. As a result, Plantinga has both directly influenced the entire field of philosophy and has mentored and inspired new generations of top scholars who are critiquing the reductionism, relativism, materialism, collectivism, scientism, positivism, determinism, and de-humanization of the modern era. In short, Plantinga has devastated the prevailing view in Western elites that human beings are merely “matter in motion” (i.e., purposeless, accidental, robotic products of a closed, natural world ruled solely by physical laws and that truth, reason, morality, and God are illusions).
Continue reading Theroux’s article here.