Dear Friends of Reasonable Faith,
Ever since I became a Christian as a teenager, I’ve longed to make a difference in the world for Christ, to have an impact for the Kingdom of God. You can imagine, then, how gratified and encouraged—not to say bowled over!—I was to learn that Academic Influence has ranked me as the tenth most influential philosopher in the world over the last three decades (1990-2020)! What is especially significant is that these rankings are not just someone’s subjective opinion but are computed according to an algorithm that takes into account such objective data as number of citations of one’s work. According to Forbes magazine, “Using machine-learning technology, . . . Academic Influence searches open-source data in two massive sources. . . for papers, chapters, books, and citations to individuals worldwide. Collectively, these databases contain billions of continuously updated data points about millions of individuals’ achievements.” I was especially thrilled to be ranked just behind my philosophical role model Alvin Plantinga at number seven.William Lane Craig, “August” at Monthly Report
Alvin Plantinga is sympathetic to intelligent design. Craig sort of wavers.
Here is the entire Top Ten.