There are no atheists in foxholes, the old saying goes. Back in the
1950s, when the philosopher Alvin Plantinga was getting his start, there
were scarcely more religious believers in academic philosophy
Growing up among Dutch Calvinist immigrants in the Midwest, Mr. Plantinga was used to intense theological debate. But when he arrived at Harvard as an undergraduate, he was startled to find equal intensity marshaled in favor of the argument that God didn’t exist, when classmates and teachers found the question worth arguing about.
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