Few would question Alvin Plantinga’s brilliance. I had the privilege of hearing a lecture given by him on the supposed conflict between science and religion. The “religion” referenced was really just Christian theism.
During the Q & A time after the lecture, a question was posed to Dr. Plantinga that went something like this, “Say, Dr. Plantinga, that you were in a room full of one hundred of the most brilliant philosophers and scientists of the day. And let us also assume that fifty of these men are Christian theists, and the other fifty are atheists. So the line is split. Have you seen any trends or can you give us reasons why, or maybe explain patterns you have seen that lead these most brilliant men to different conclusions?”
Plantinga could have formed a philosophically clever answer to this question, but instead he smiled and said, “I really can’t tell you. I don’t have much of an answer outside of, maybe, the inward witness of the Holy Spirit in the lives of some, and His rejection by the others.”
After the lecture I went up to get my Complete Works of Plato signed by him and to meet him. That’s normal, I hear.
As I waited in line, an eager young man who was obviously interested in philosophy asked, “Dr. Plantinga, what is the best philosophical advice you could give to me as I become a philosopher?” In other words, “World famous philosopher who holds the keys to the philosophical kingdom, please help!” Plantinga laughed and said, “Oh, I don’t know. Study hard, and get enough sleep.”
I was more prideful about getting to meet Alvin Plantinga than he was about being Alvin Plantinga. He looked at the people swarming around him with kindness, grace, and cheerfulness. Beautiful