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Christian PhilosophyConceptions, Continuations, and Challenges$
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J. Aaron Simmons

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198834106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198834106.001.0001

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Philosophy, Religion, and Worldview

Philosophy, Religion, and Worldview

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(p.244) 15 Philosophy, Religion, and Worldview
Source:
Christian Philosophy
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Graham Oppy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834106.003.0016

Alvin Plantinga’s “Advice to Christian Philosophers” begins with a triumphalist narrative that forms the backdrop for the advice to Christian philosophers. In this chapter Graham Oppy argues (a) that the triumphalist narrative is over-egged, and (b) that what is of value in the advice applies to all philosophers, Christian or otherwise. Oppy’s critique of the triumphalist narrative is based on demographic and other data that suggests that while (a) we have no reason to think that there is a higher percentage of Christians in academic philosophy now than there was in the late 1940s (and, indeed, we may even have good reason to think that there is a lower percentage of Christians in academic philosophy now than there was in the late 1940s), (b) we do have reason to think that there is a larger absolute number of Christians in academic philosophy now than there was in the late 1940s.

Keywords:   William Lane Craig, Trent Dougherty, Faith and Philosophy, naturalism, philosophy, Alvin Plantinga, religion, Society of Christian Philosophers, theism, worldview

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