A basic thrust behind Alvin Plantinga's position that belief in God is properly basic is an analogy between certain non-religious (and presumably justified) beliefs such as ' I see a tree' and theistic beliefs such as 'God made this flower'.1 Each kind of belief is justified for a believer, argues Plantinga, when she finds herself in a certain set of conditions. Richard Grigg challenges this claim by arguing that while the non-religious beliefs are confirmed, beliefs about God are not. I wish to explore this challenge, clarify it and suggest that on one understanding it is irrelevant and on another it is false.
Previously published in Religious Studies, 1988, volume 24, pp. 311-323 http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/20019289?sid=21106171698683&uid=24801&uid=3&uid=3739856&uid=3739256&uid=24803&uid=62&uid=2&uid=67