David J. Theroux writes at the Independent Institute’s blog The Beacon about the Rescher Award given to Alvin Plantiga by the University of Pittsburgh for his work in philosophy. Writes Theroux:

Plantinga is widely known for his work in the philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics, and he has revolutionized scholarly interest in Christian theism, shown naturalism/atheism to be self-refuting and incoherent, and set the new standards for the defense of free will, individual agency, consciousness, rational inference, science, objective truth and morality, and more. As a result, Plantinga has both directly influenced the entire field of philosophy and has mentored and inspired new generations of top scholars who are critiquing the reductionism, relativism, materialism, collectivism, scientism, positivism, determinism, and de-humanization of the modern era. In short, Plantinga has devastated the prevailing view in Western elites that human beings are merely “matter in motion” (i.e., purposeless, accidental, robotic products of a closed, natural world ruled solely by physical laws and that truth, reason, morality, and God are illusions).

Many links are provided on his post to Plantiga’s writings and videos of his PBS appearances. His latest book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, will be reviewed by Louis Markos in the March/April 2013 issue of Touchstone. (You may subscribe here. Why wait any longer?)