Category Archives: Philosophical Theology

Is God the Author of Sin?

Is God the author of sin? The question assumes paramount importance when evaluating the construal of divine and human agency advanced by Hugh J. McCann. Popular theodi­cies seek to protect God from responsibility for human evil. That’s the upshot of … Continue reading

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Breaking the Cords of Fate

“We seem almost compelled,” remarks Hugh McCann, “to think there is some competition here: that when it comes to free will there is no way that both we and God can both have legitimate prerogatives, no way that one can … Continue reading

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“Either tragic loss is the ultimate truth, or ultimate truth passes beyond tragedy, transfigures death”

With the hyperbole God being good, in a sense, everything is at stake. It effects how we relate to everything, as good or not. Is there a goodness to creation – in the first instance, and in the end? What … Continue reading

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The World is a Novel in the Mind of God

Can God determine our actions? One need not think more than a second or two. Of course he can, we answer. If CIA brainwashers and television advertising can cause us to act in specific ways, then the Creator of the … Continue reading

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The Free-Will Defense and the Impossible Worlds of Molinism

The free-will defense of evil and suffering is a failure—so Hugh McCann con­tends. This verdict sur­prises, given the opinion of so many phi­losophers that Alvin Plan­tin­ga’s argument succeeds resoundingly. But it succeeds, maintains McCann, only be­cause it aban­dons God’s provi­dential … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, and the Free-Will Defense

Why did God create a world filled with evil and horrific violence? In the midst of World War II, C. S. Lewis offered what has become a classic Christian response: God created things which had free will. That means creatures which … Continue reading

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Introducing William Desmond: God as Agapeic Origin

by Christopher Ben Simpson, Ph.D. The metaxological sense of being is a vision of being that entails genuine otherness, tran­scen­dence, and difference in the midst of community. Central to this vision is the way in which divine otherness or God … Continue reading

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Introducing William Desmond: Metaphysics and the Fourfold Sense of Being

by Christopher Ben Simpson, Ph.D. Metaphysics Metaphysics asks the question of being: the meaning of being—the significance of the “to be” (BB 3). Metaphysics also asks the ultimate “why” of being: why being and not nothing? (BB 4; HG 3). … Continue reading

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