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March 18, 2004

Renowned Christian Philosopher Plantinga To Deliver UI Geneva Lecture

Renowned philosopher Alvin Plantinga, considered by his peers as "the leading philosopher of God" and who has led the revival in Christian philosophy for the past 30 years, will be the Geneva Lecture Series' Spring Semester speaker March 26-27.

Plantinga will participate in a series of symposia and lectures during his visit. All are free and open to the public.

Plantinga will lead a symposium, "Against Materialism," at 3 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Room 107 of the English-Philosophy Building. Professors David Klemm, of the department of religious studies and Evan Fales of the department of philosophy will respond. Professor Raymond Mentzer, chair of religious studies, will moderate.

At 7:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University's Main Library, Plantinga will present a public lecture, "Evolution vs. Atheism: An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism."

Between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall, Plantinga will lead a seminar titled "Games Scientists Play," on how to think about conflicts between science and Christian belief.

Plantinga is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his Notre Dame appointment, where he has taught for the last 21 years, he taught at Yale, Wayne State, Harvard, Chicago, Michigan, Boston, Indiana, UCLA, Syracuse and Arizona. He also taught for 21 years at Calvin College. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Calvin College (1954) and his doctorate in philosophy from Yale (1958). At Notre Dame he gives seminars in the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and epistemology. His influential works include more than 90 articles. Among his many books are "God and Other Minds" (1967), "The Nature of Necessity" (1974), "Does God Have a Nature?" (1980), "Warrant: The Current Debate" (1993), "Warrant and Proper Function" (1993), and "Warranted Christian Belief" (2000).

In addition, he has delivered the prestigious Gifford and Wilde lectures and was granted an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University. He has been elected president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the American Philosophical Association.

Plantinga's visit is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Student Government, department of religious studies, the department of philosophy and more than fifteen UI student religious organizations and Iowa City churches.

Founded in 1967, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, nearly sixty nationally and internationally renowned speakers from a diversity of academic disciplines and professions have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa.

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