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[193] Plantinga Award

Retired Notre Dame Calvinist philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, won the 2017 Templeton Prize. It is a $1.4MM award for making “an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Plantinga joins the esteemed ranks of previous recipients, including Mother Teresa, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

But this blog is not about Alvin Plantinga. It is about yet another thing Christian colleges can do to further Christian scholarship and Christian worldview endeavors. I would like to see awards presented annually to faculty members at these schools for singular contributions of any type that further faith and learning.

Awards like this do three things. They reward faculty members for living out the mission statement of the Christian institution. They also reaffirm the Christian identity of the college or university. Finally, they send a message to all faculty and administration as to what is most important to their vocation

It doesn’t have to be $1.4MM or $14. The value of the award lies in the richness of its meaning.


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