2011 Lecture Series

In 2011, the BLPR welcomed distinguished guest lecturer Alvin Plantinga, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, to the campus of Western Washington University. Alvin Plantinga's two lectures were based on his new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism, which just came out in November from Oxford University Press and was reviewed in the New York Times, December 14, 2011.

He is the author of numerous articles and several books including God and Other Minds: the Rational Justification of Religious Belief (Cornell 1967), God, Freedom and Evil (Eerdmans 1974) and Warranted Christian Belief (Oxford 2000).

Among many honors, Plantinga is the past President of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, and the Society of Christian Philosophers. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. According to TIME Magazine, Plantinga is "America’s leading orthodox Protestant philosopher of God."

To view the recorded versions of Plantinga’s discussions, please click on the links below.

God and Evolution: Where the Conflict Really Lies

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Many people think that evolution conflicts with the existence of God. Plantinga argues in this lecture that several attempts to display this conflict—notably, by Richard Dawkins—fail. But naturalism—the idea that there is no God or anything like God—does conflict with evolution.

Does Science Show that Miracles Can't Happen?

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Many people think that physics shows that even if there is a God, God cannot act in the world. In this lecture, Plantinga argues that neither classical nor quantum physics shows this.

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