Stephen Wykstra Lecture

DateAugust 22, 2017
Time5:15 - 7:30 pm
LocationTreasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library
Baylor University
Waco, TX
Description œNot Done in a Corner” Revisited:  Becoming a More Sensible Evidentialist about Jesus

 In his 2000 book Warranted Christian Belief, Alvin Plantinga develops on œAquinas/Calvin (or A/C) model” of how Christian knowledge about Jesus rests on ˜the inner instigation of the Holy Spirit” in such a way as to œswing free” of historical evidence and historical scholarship.   But when the apostle Paul began to tell King Agrippa about the resurrection of Jesus, we are told in Acts 26, the king™s right-hand man Festus went ballistic. œYou are out of your mind,” Festus shouted, œyour great learning is driving you insane!”  œNot so, most excellent Festus,” Paul is said to have replied, œWhat I am saying about Jesus' resurrection is true and reasonable”for as the king knows, it was not done in a corner.”  How well does Plantinga™s model fit with this and other strands in the New Testament witness? œNot very well,” argued Wykstra in his 2002 paper œNot Done in a Corner: How to be a Sensible Evidentialist about Jesus,” where Wykstra proposed a  œsensible evidentialist” alternative to Plantinga™s account.  In this new paper, Wykstra takes measure of Plantinga™s reply to his 2002 proposal, seeking to make it an even more sensible evidentialist alternative to Plantinga™s A/C model.

A reception in the Cox Reception Hall will follow the lecture.



• Stephen Wykstra Lecture (free)


08/22/2017 5:30 PM

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