If you haven’t heard the news Alvin Plantinga is retiring after a long and productive career as the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame. Since the announcement on May 20th there have been several articles written about his significant contribution to Christian Philosophy or more specifically Epistemology.
My experience with Plantinga began as a philosophy student at Cal State when a professor recommended Warrant and Proper Function. In this volume Plantinga critically examines epistemic warrant and what criteria one must have for warranted belief. I later found that Warrant and Proper Function was the second on a series beginning with Warrant: the Current Debate where Plantinga discusses the current debate in epistemology as it pertains to “warrant” (hence the title of the book). The series ends with Warranted: Christian Belief where Plantinga argues that belief in Christian Theism is ultimately warranted so long as they are formed by properly functioning cognitive faculties.
While I have my disagreements with Plantinga one cannot deny the high caliber of work he produced and the impact he has had. Fortunately Books and Culture reports that Plantinga will continue to write and will take up a teaching position at Calvin College. If you are interested in a taste of Plantinga he has recently written a response to a critique of his evolutionary argument against naturalism, Content and Natural Selection.