Now that it has officially been released, here is Plantinga’s review of Dawkins’ most recent book.
“A rational foe is better than an ignorant friend.”
-from Al-Ghazali, The Incoherence of the Philosophers, trans. and annotated by Michael Marmura (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young Univ., 1997), p. 6.
Just back from the weekend’s Greer-Heard Conference, I’d like to say a few things about a paper given there by my friend Dr. David Bertch. David is a committed Christian and a clear thinker whom I respect greatly. His paper, “The Future of Atheism Continually Confounded by the Paradoxes of the Faith,” was on paradoxes and how we should embrace them, or at least not fear them. Handouts were not available, so I’m going by memory and notes I took (though he invited anyone interested in a copy to email him [see link above]). If I’m guilty of misrepresenting his position, I deeply apologize.
After an interesting historical survey of thinkers (especially philosophers) and the paradoxes they have embraced, David turned to the relationship between Christian faith and paradoxes. He named two examples of such paradoxes: the Trinity and the Incarnation of Christ. Having earlier set up a distinction between logical paradoxes (I suppose he had in mind such things as Zeno’s paradoxes of motion) and other paradoxes (there was unfortunately no title given to this second category), such as the two named examples, David explained that Christians should not be troubled by the latter. There was no discussion of the first category there, so we’ll limit discussion here to the latter, as well. Read the rest of this entry »
Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, has a hilarious post on his blog. You definitely need to check it out!
To see the trailer for this movie about the work of William Wilberforce to end slavery in his country, go here. This movie looks really good. Please comment if you see it and have any critiques or adulations. I believe it comes out in theatres on the 23rd of this month.
Keith informed me earlier today of the recent passing of the Princeton New Testament scholar Bruce Metzger. Those of us who have gone through the rigors of learning New Testament greek have some fond memories of reading Metzger (I say “fond memories”, but that is only for those who liked Greek. For the rest, it was sheer horror). I still use my UBS 4 Greek text which he edited. It’s covered with duct tape but it still works. Metzger was also involved in editing the NA27 critical text which came with a more exhaustive text-critical aparatus.
I say “New Testament scholar”, but Bruce Metzger is also noted for his work on the the Apocrypha, the Old Testament, the RSV translation and several commentaries. He has written classics such as his Text of the New Testament as well as his more obscure Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek.
The man was a true scholar. Farewell my friend.