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Alvin Plantinga, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has written a scathing critique of Richard Dawkins The God Delusion.  You can read the review from the current version of Books and Culture Magazine.

My favorite little zinger is the following:

You might say that some of his forays into philosophy are at best sophomoric, but that would be unfair to sophomores; the fact is (grade inflation aside), many of his arguments would receive a failing grade in a sophomore philosophy class. This, combined with the arrogant, smarter-than-thou tone of the book, can be annoying. I shall put irritation aside, however and do my best to take Dawkins' main argument seriously.

A great read for all those who are following the new more aggressive bread of atheists today.  For those interested in the title of this post, to Plantingize was once defined by atheistic philosopher Daniel Dennet as "making something that was believed in the middle ages sound very compelling again."  Alvin gets after it for theism.