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Stephen Wykstra Lecture

When:
August 22, 2017 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
2017-08-22T17:15:00+00:00
2017-08-22T19:30:00+00:00
Where:
Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library, Reception to follow lecture in the Cox Lecture Hall, Baylor University

1 Wykstra IMG_0615 “Not Done in a Corner” Revisited:  Becoming a More Sensible Evidentialist about Jesus

In his 2000 book Warranted Christian Belief, Alvin Plantinga develops on “Aquinas/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 “swing 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. “You are out of your mind,” Festus shouted, “your great learning is driving you insane!”  “Not so, most excellent Festus,” Paul is said to have replied, “What 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? “Not very well,” argued Wykstra in his 2002 paper “Not Done in a Corner: How to be a Sensible Evidentialist about Jesus,” where Wykstra proposed a  “sensible 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.

Last year Stephen Wykstra retired after 31 years of service in the philosophy department of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  For a time there he was a direct colleague of Alvin Plantinga, but their association runs deep indeed.  After earning a degree in Philosophy and Physics at Hope College, he went on to do a PhD in the renowned History and Philosophy of Science program at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has been a National Science Foundation Fellow, Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, an SCR fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, a Senior Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, and last year was the Plantinga Fellow there. He has been a central contributor to the academic discussion of the problem of evil for the last  thirty three years.  In his retirement, he is deepening and broadening many of the themes he has explored throughout his career.

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