Philosopher Sticks Up for God

For too long, Mr. Plantinga contends in a new book, theists have been on the defensive, merely rebutting the charge that their beliefs are irrational. It’s time for believers in the old-fashioned creator God of the Bible to go on the offensive, he argues, and he has some sports metaphors at the ready. (Not for nothing did he spend two decades at Notre Dame.)

In “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism,” published last week by Oxford University Press, he unleashes a blitz of densely reasoned argument against “the touchdown twins of current academic atheism,” the zoologist Richard Dawkins and the philosopher Daniel C. Dennett, spiced up with some trash talk of his own.

Mr. Dawkins? “Dancing on the lunatic fringe,” Mr. Plantinga declares. Mr. Dennett? A reverse fundamentalist who proceeds by “inane ridicule and burlesque” rather than by careful philosophical argument.

Chief Editor’s two cents: Is God the Father the Creator, the Trinity as a whole or are there three Creators?

Let me start this presentation with a few verses of the Holy Quran, which are a lighthouse on the issue of there being One Creator, God the Father in the Trinitarian tradition or Allah:

To Him belongs whosoever is in the heavens and the earth. And those who are in His presence do not disdain to worship Him, nor do they weary;they glorify Him night and day; and they flag not. Have they taken gods from the earth who raise the dead or create animal and plant life? (All life forms existed before Jesus was born). If there had been in them (the heavens and the earth) other gods besides Allah, then surely both would have gone to ruin (there would have been no consistency in laws of nature). Glorified then be Allah, the Lord of the Throne, above what they attribute. He cannot be questioned as to what He does, but they will be questioned. Have they taken gods besides Him? Say, ‘Bring forth your proof. Here is the Book of those with me, and the Book of those before me.’ Nay, most of them know not the truth, and so they turn away. (Al Quran 21:20-25)

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  1. First a few words about the big picture. Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma. However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work. However, both parties in their self-conceit are not listening to how Islam resolves their conflict; Islam as understood by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

  2. Bait and switch strategy of the Trinitarian Christians
    I will order the book by Mr. Plantinga soon. The hardcover is for $27.00. Here I provide information, completely free of cost. The Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, explained Christians’ attempts to describe God, in the following words:

    These days, concept of God and genuine understanding of monotheism are under fire. The Christians have written a lot about God, but, whatever genuine account they have given is about the true and the living God of Islam and not about a dead, crucified and a humble god. I can declare it with fullest confidence that whoever, will attempt to write about the attributes of God, his or her hand will be forced to come to the God of Islam. This is because each and every particle of our universe gives testimony of this God and the imprint of the God of Islam is also in every human heart and conscience. So, whenever humans endeavor to find God, they are lead to the concepts of Islam. (Malfoozat volume I/V page 52.)

    The Triune God, with one of the three persons of Jesus in the Trinity, himself having two natures, human and divine, one eternal and one finite born in 6 BC, welded together miraculously, actually makes the Triune God an incomprehensible Tetrad! It is not even a Trinity! But, who is doing the counting? No wonder atheists have an easy day taking Trinitarians to task, when many of them cannot even count! The Trinitarians, however, expound the Muslim and the Jewish God and then bait and switch to their Trinity.

    Read more about Religion, Science and Metaphysics:

    http://www.alislam.org/egazette/egazette/february-2011-egazette-metaphysics-religion-and-science/

    Is God the Father the Creator, the Trinity as a whole or are there three Creators?

    http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2011/11/religion/islam/is-god-the-father-the-creator-the-trinity-as-a-whole-or-are-there-three-creators

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