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God Exists: No Evidence Required (part 2 of 3)

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Uploaded on Mar 15, 2010

Dr. Ronald Nash (www.biblicaltraining.org) lays down the philosophical groundwork for Reformed Epistemology: The theory of knowledge that grants warrant to the theists foundational belief in God and renders him invulnerable to challenges for providing evidence for God's existence.

Nash unpacks the salient contemporary arguments in support of the thesis as formulated by Alvin Plantinga, its most prominent advocate.


Lecture Outline [total duration: 24:43 minutes (3 parts)]

Introduction. Is it necessary to prove the existence of God?
A. Debate between Alvin Plantinga and Antony Flew
B. Evidentialist Challenge

I. Background
A. Innate Ideas
B. Thomas Reid
C. Belief Dispositions [1. External World; 2. Other Minds; 3. Memory Beliefs]
D. Alvin Plantinga

II. 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.

III. Plantinga's Rejection of Evidentialism
A. Fatal Flaw #1 - Belief dispositions
B. Fatal Flaw #2 - Self-defeating thesis

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