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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. [pdf-embedder url="http://www.jamesagibson.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Anselm-on-Freedom-and-Grace.pdf" title="Anselm on Freedom and Grace"]

2016-09-03T12:31:45+00:00 September 3rd, 2016|1 Comment

The Divine Glory Defense

In the previous two posts, I looked at Daniel Johnson's explanation of what Calvinism is and an objection to Calvinism, that is the objection that if Calvinism is true then God intentionally causes evil and God cannot do that. This will be my last post on Johnson's article, "Calvinism and the Problem of Evil." Although there is much else in his chapter worth reading and discussing, it is time to wrap things up. In this post, I will discuss the section on the more general problem of evil. I want to focus on the discussion of the divine glory defense. The problem of evil stated The problem starts with a question: why is there evil if there is an all good, all powerful, and all knowing being? This question gets reformulated into [...]

2016-08-28T21:10:57+00:00 August 27th, 2016|1 Comment

Daniel Johnson on Calvinism: Calvinism and the Problem of Evil

The first essay, "Calvinism and the Problem of Evil: A Map of the Territory," in Calvinism and the Problem of Evil is by one of the two editors, Daniel Johnson. The point of Johnson’s paper is to show that there are a variety of distinctions within the Reformed tradition that can be brought together to provide plausible response to the problem of evil. This chapter is a bit long - too long for one post - and there is already material in the first section worth discussing. That will be this focus in this post. What is Calvinism? In answering this question, Johnson distinguishes between two strands of Calvinism: one is soteriological and one is deterministic. The former concerns our ability with respective to salvation whereas the latter is a [...]

2016-07-30T22:01:45+00:00 July 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Calvinism and the Problem of Evil: Introduction to Post Series

I have been aware that this book was in the works for over a year and I'm very happy it has reached my mailbox. Ever since I was an undergraduate student in the early 2000s, I have been thinking about Calvinism as a philosopher. With the exception of David Ciocchi, who was then an agnostic-autonomist (and I'd bet still is), and a handful of other undergraduate and graduate students, the philosophical climate at Biola University was deeply opposed to Calvinism. My explanation for this environment was partly due to the fact that Biola University and Talbot Seminary had some heavy-hitters in the Evangelical world - J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, amongst others - who regard Calvinists as a fringe element of Christendom, and partly due to the fact [...]

2016-09-03T10:57:05+00:00 July 27th, 2016|6 Comments