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The question's title says it all. Who are the most prominent Christian philosophers of the 21st century (if there are any) and why?

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Perhaps helpful for answers: That would be a subset of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  user3164 Jul 4 '14 at 12:23
Can you give some sort of reference frame as to what you mean by Christian? –  virmaior Jul 4 '14 at 13:11
@virmaior a philosopher who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ and has philosophical works that try to show that this belief is justified. –  user132181 Jul 4 '14 at 14:20

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I'm not sure how to give an exhaustive list of prominent philosophers who are also Christians, but some philosophers who come to mind are: Bas van Fraassen, Michael Dummett (recently deceased), William Alston (recently deceased), Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, Marilyn Adams, Robert Adams, Robert Audi, Keith DeRose, Anthony Kenny, Alasdair MacIntyre, Richard Swinburne, Nicholas Walterstorff. idk, there are lots more, but these are some who come to mind. All of them have made significant contributions to areas outside of philosophy of religion or distinctively Christian philosophy (actually, some of them -- van Fraassen, Dummet, for example -- have done very little, if any, work in philosophy of religion).

(Coincidentally, William Lane Craig is not a particularly prominent philosopher, although he's produced some fine work. He's well known in certain circles outside of academic philosophy because he's debated alot of people. Oh, and Craig isn't a fundamentalist. The person who gave the answer about Craig kind of doesn't know what they're taking about.)

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William Lane Craig would be on that list, without a doubt. For the avoidance of all doubt, I disagree with almost everything he says. However, he defends his brand of fundamentalist Christianity with well-sourced cogent arguments, and is a skilled debater.

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Really? I'm a Christian, probably one who you might call a "fundamentalist" and I think most of his philosophical argumentation is junk. –  virmaior Jul 4 '14 at 13:10
Well I tend to agree that it is junk, when you look carefully at it, but I am impressed by the way he persuades so many people. The question was 'who is the prominent'. –  quis est ille Jul 4 '14 at 14:07
In reply to the point below (namely that Craig is not a fundamentalist), I referred to his 'brand of fundamentalism'. What I meant by that was his defence of the historical truth of the resurrection, where he argues not only for the literal truth of the resurrection account, but for its being supported by the historical evidence. Also, if someone says 'you dont know what you are talking about', it is helpful if they say why. –  quis est ille Jul 4 '14 at 15:18
Craig also endorses the following argument: (a) To find out whether something is right or wrong, you have to find out what God thinks on the matter. (b) You can find out what God thinks on the matter by reading the Bible. (c) it says in the Bible that homosexual behaviour is wrong (d) God thinks that homosexual behaviour is wrong (e) homosexual behaviour is wrong. Seems pretty fundamentalist to me. –  quis est ille Jul 4 '14 at 15:26
that actually isn't the definition of fundamentalist... (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamentalism) / merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fundamentalism. But I would also refer you to Al Plantinga's argument: uncommondescent.com/philosophy/… . In the first place it doesn't refer specifically to homosexuality. In the second place, it's basically just a term. (This is why I scare-quoted it). –  virmaior Jul 4 '14 at 15:38

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