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Warranted Christian Belief$
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Alvin Plantinga

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131932

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195131932.001.0001

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Defeaters and Defeat

Defeaters and Defeat

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(p.357) 11 Defeaters and Defeat
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Warranted Christian Belief
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Alvin Plantinga (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195131932.003.0011

In this and the next three chapters, I deal with proposed defeaters for Christian belief. In this chapter, I begin with a brief examination of the nature of defeaters. I then turn to projective theories of religious belief, such as those of Freud, Marx, and Durkheim, which propose to explain theistic and other religious beliefs in terms of our projecting into the heavens something like an idealized father. I argue that such theories do not in fact constitute a defeater for Christian belief, and, in so doing, examine and respond to some suggestions to the contrary due to Philip Quinn.

Keywords:   Christian belief, defeaters, Durkheim, Freud, Marx, projective theories, Quinn

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