Former Notre Dame and Calvin College professor Alvin Plantinga has won this year’s Templeton Prize which annually “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.”
Known for his work in philosophy, Plantinga’s arguments against the logical problem of evil and for the reasonableness of theism made him a prominent name in academic circles, and his contributions to the philosophical community are numerous. The Templeton Foundation issued a statement announcing the award, saying, “Alvin Plantinga recognized that not only did religious belief not conflict with serious philosophical work, but that it could make crucial contributions to addressing perennial problems in philosophy.”
Plantinga is currently the inaugural Jellema Chair of Philosophy at Calvin College. His most recent book, Knowledge and Christian Belief, addresses recent criticisms of the idea that religious belief can be rational. It serves as a shorter and more accessible summary of much of his work on the subject. The book is published by Eerdmans and available at Baker Book House.