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A Rejoinder to Thomas Talbott on Calvin and the Love of God in 1 John

[This post contains a massive error in one of the arguments I attribute to Talbott pertaining to Calvin on 1 John. I want to acknowledge that front and center. He calls me on that in his response, I get called on that in the comments, and I correct that mistake in the final post on this topic.] In Calvin and the Love of God in 1 John, I examine a quote from Jerry Walls' book, Does God Love Everyone? The Heart of What is Wrong with Calvinism. Walls believes it to be a stunning omission that Calvin never cited two verses - 1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16 - in the 1500 or so pages of his Institutes of the Christian Religion. In response, I point out that almost no one [...]

2018-06-07T21:27:27+00:00 September 27th, 2016|3 Comments

Calvin and the Love of God in 1 John

In his book, Does God Love Everyone? The Heart of What is Wrong with Calvinism, Jerry Walls writes the following: But here is what is truly remarkable: not one time in this book [the Institutes] does Calvin ever quote "God is love." In his massive book that is 1,521 pages long and that discusses thousands for biblical texts and discusses God's nature extensively, Calvin never one time cited 1 John 4:8 or 1 John 4:16. Not even once! This is a stunning omission. (Page 5) Walls finds this striking, because for so many pages and for what Walls describes as a "systematic theology" on the previous page, he would expect that Calvin would cite these two passages in particular. The only other discussion Walls gives of Calvin's Institutes is on pp. 17-18, where he quotes Calvin on [...]

2018-06-07T21:27:03+00:00 September 20th, 2016|9 Comments

Does Molinism Avoid Making God the Author of Sin? | Welty on Molinism

In "Molinist Gunslingers: God and the Authorship of Sin," Greg Welty argues that if Calvinism has a distinct problem of making God the author of sin, then so does Molinism. Although the expression "author of sin" has different meanings, the sense at play here in the article is primarily about culpability. In this post, I will look at Welty's argument for the claim that Molinists have a similar problem and I will suggest a couple ways a Molinist might respond, which are not considered in the paper. These might or might not work. The Molinist's Concern with Calvinism The concern the Molinist brings against the Calvinist is this: if Calvinism is true, then theological determinism is true; but if theological determinism is true, then God acts as a sufficient cause for the evils [...]

2018-06-07T21:29:00+00:00 September 13th, 2016|5 Comments

Anselm on Freedom and Grace

Here's a copy of a my paper. As I suggest at the end, I think this strategy generalizes to other libertarian accounts, although how the argument goes will likely need to be changed depending on the account of how libertarian freedom works with grace - i.e., how the nitty gritty details or mechanics are spelled out. Anselm actually says enough to give us a detailed account of what happens when God changes an agent rather than saying merely that "God influences" human agents. Anyway, enjoy. Or don't enjoy. A copy is now hosted at the Phil Papers repository: https://philpapers.org/archive/GIBAOF.pdf  

2018-06-07T21:29:47+00:00 September 3rd, 2016|1 Comment