Alvin C. Plantinga is the 2017 Templeton Prize Laureate, the inaugural holder of the Jellema Chair in Philosophy at Calvin College, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University.
Professor Plantinga has been President, American Philosophical Association, Central Division; Co-Founder and President, Society of Christian Philosophers; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Guggenheim Fellow; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Fellow, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship; Visiting Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford University; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow; Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies; Member, Council for Philosophical Studies; William Evans Visiting Fellow University of Otago (New Zealand); and Fellow, Frisian Academy. He has also taught at Loyola University, Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Boston University, UCLA, Glasgow University, University of Waterloo, Wayne State University, Hillsdale College, Hamilton College, Wabash College, Fordham University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Aberdeen University, Oxford University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Calvin College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; St. Louis University, Emporia State University, Montclair State University, Ohio State University, University of Western Ontario, University of Oklahoma, University of Florida, Santa Clara University, Harvard Divinity School, University of Trent, Cambridge University, University of Arizona, Syracuse University, and St. Andrews University.
He is the author of 150 articles in scholarly journals and his books include Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism; Warranted Christian Belief; Warrant and Proper Function; Warrant: The Current Debate; Faith and Philosophy; The Ontological Argument; Does God Have a Nature?; Faith and Rationality (ed. with Nicholas Wolterstorff); God, Freedom & Evil; The Twin Pillars of Christian Scholarship: The Henry Stob Lectures; The Nature of Necessity; The Analytic Theist: An Alvin Plantinga Reader (ed. by James Sennett); Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality (ed. by Matthew Davidson); Essays in Ontology; and God and Other Minds. In addition, there have been sixteen scholarly books written on his work.
Professor Plantinga was awarded the 2012 Nicholas Rescher Prize for Contributions to Systematic Philosophy, and he is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Glasgow University, Calvin College, North Park College, Free University of Amsterdam, Brigham Young University, University of the West in Timisoara (Romania), and Valparaiso University.