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)