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Volume 15, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2012

Gregory W. Dawes, Jonathan Jong
Pages 127-144
DOI: 10.5840/Philo20121527

Defeating the Christian’s Claim to Warrant

Alvin Plantinga notes that if what Christians believe is true, their beliefs are warranted. It follows, he argues, that the only decisive objection to Christian belief is a de facto one: an argument that shows that what Christians believe is false. We disagree. A critic could mount a direct attack on the Christian’s claim to warrant by offering a more plausible account of the causal mechanism giving rise to belief, one that shows that mechanism to be unreliable. This would represent a powerful de jure argument against Christian belief.