How Would Jesus Drive?: A Man Punishes a Woman for Not Driving Like a Christian—By Running Her Off the Road. I Wonder What Alvin Plantinga Would Say About This

An odd traffic news story today from San Antonio:

A speeding pickup rear-ended a woman’s sedan on the South Side on Friday morning and sheriff’s officials say the driver said it was Jesus’ will because the other motorist was not “driving like a Christian.”

The bizarre incident that shut down southbound U.S. 281 above the Medina River happened about 7:25 a.m.

“He just said God said she wasn’t driving right, and she needed to be taken off the road,” said Lt. Kyle Coleman of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the pickup was identified in a Sheriff’s Office news release as Michael E. Schwab, 52, of Blooming Grove.

Schwab told first responders at the scene that “the other vehicle was not driving like a Christian and it was Jesus’ will for him to punish the car,” according to the release.

In epistemological terms, he could receive a mendacious defense from the Reformed Calvinist philosopher, Alvin Plantinga.

Who’s to say, afterall, whether God told the man to do such a thing?

Maybe his sensus is simply more in tune with the spiritual realm than the average person’s is.

Maybe he KNOWS that God told him to do this in the same way that Abraham KNEW that God had told him to sacrifice his son Isaac.

In short, maybe his belief that God spoke to him is, in Plantinga’s language, WARRANTED.

Am I unfairly mischaracterizing Plantinga’s line of reasoning here?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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