[T]he believer is entirely within his epistemic rights in believing, for example, that God has created the world, even if he has no argument at all for that conclusion. His belief in God can be perfectly rational even if he knows of no cogent argument, deductive or inductive, for the existence of God—indeed, even if there is no such argument.
Alvin Plantinga, Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God, p. 65
I don’t know of an argument for Christian belief that seems very likely to convince one who doesn’t already accept its conclusion. That is nothing against Christian belief, however, and indeed I shall argue that if Christian beliefs are true, then the standard and most satisfactory way to hold them will not be as the conclusions of argument.
–Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Christian Belief, p. 201
Plantinga says this because he believes human beings are fallen creatures. Due to sin we cannot be convinced his god exists by arguments because fallen people cannot respond positively to his god. Sinners, non-believers, can only be saved directly by god. So in turn, Plantinga doesn’t think these arguments can convince reasonable outsiders, non-believers, because there are no reasonable non-believers.
But just think how Plantinga first came to his conclusion. It didn’t come from the Bible since so many other Christians dispute the relevant passages. The real reason he believes this is because so many people are non-Christians, non-believers. He must account for this fact. Surely it isn’t due to the lack of sufficient evidence that so many people don’t believe. Oh no! It must be due to the consequences of human sin. It could never be due to his god or the lack of evidence.
—John Loftus, The Case Against Miracles, pp. 183, 189
Gary: Calvinism has to be the greatest defense for the supernatural claims of Christianity ever invented! When a skeptic points out the weakness in the evidence for any particular supernatural-based Christian claim, the Calvinist can simply reply: “Christians will never be able to provide sufficient evidence to convince you to believe the claims of Christianity because you are obviously not one of the Elect. God has not chosen you to believe. If he had, you would immediately see the truth. You would immediately see just how strong and convincing the evidence for Christianity really is. You cannot see the truth because God has not elected you to see the truth.
Who can beat that argument??
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