Alvin Carl Plantinga, born November 15, 1932 (age 84), in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was a full-time professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He is known for his lectures in the debate over divine sovereignty and providence, as well as works on the existence of God, including a version of the Ontological argument based on possible-worlds modality. He is a Christian, and has rebutted many of the arguments of Richard Dawkins.
Plantinga is also credited, along with Wolterstorff (1976) for first articulating the argument that belief in God can be defended as properly basic.
Philosopher Sticks Up for God “There are vastly more Christian philosophers and vastly more visible or assertive Christian philosophy now than when I left graduate school,” Mr. Alvin Plantinga said in a recent telephone interview from his home in Grand Rapids, adding, with characteristic modesty, “I have no idea how it happened.”
Mr. Plantinga retired from full-time teaching in 2010, with more than a dozen books and a past presidency of the American Philosophical Association to his name. But he’s hardly resting on those laurels. Having made philosophy safe for theism, he’s now turning to a harder task: making theism safe for science.