(nope, no self-esteem problems here…)
and what did you think of the article and the link to the other writings of Plantinga?
The review itself held some just criticisms, some unjust. And this:
[quote=Alvin Plantinga]Explanations come to an end; for theism they come to an end in God. (snip) the theist neither wants nor needs an ultimate explanation of personhood, or thinking, or mind.
is perhaps the biggest cop-out I’ve ever seen. For Plantinga, it seems, all arguments that may be connected to the supernatural boil down to ‘God did it, and that’s the way it is’.
Not particularly satisfying; and I find it surprising that more theists are not actually insulted by his statement that they are uninterested in an explanation of what constitutes a person or mind. What more demeaning comment on theism can there be than that which states that its adherents don’t even care what ultimately makes up a person? Plantinga reduces theists from thinking humans to bored sheep for whom God is the answer to everything and further questions are unnecessary, if not dangerous. If he truly believes that, why is he a career theist philosopher?
I don’t have time right now to read the rest of his writings, but I may get to them soon.