Calvinism & the Problem of Evil

Calvinism & the Problem of Evil

by David E. Alexander

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Overview

Contrary to what many philosophers believe, Calvinism neither makes the problem of evil worse nor is it obviously refuted by the presence of evil and suffering in our world. Or so most of the authors in this book claim. While Calvinism has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years amongst theologians and laypersons, many philosophers have yet to follow suit. The reason seems fairly clear: Calvinism, many think, cannot handle the problem of evil with the same kind of plausibility as other more popular views of the nature of God and the nature of God's relationship with His creation. This book seeks to challenge that untested assumption. With clarity and rigor, this collection of essays seeks to fill a significant hole in the literature on the problem of evil.

""This book contains a vigorous challenge to the widespread belief that Calvinist views on human freedom and divine sovereignty make the problem of evil insoluble.Written by a diverse group of first-rate thinkers, the book also shows that 'Calvinism' itself is not monolithic, but a diverse movement with the resources for creative rethinking of old questions.Highly recommended.""
--C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University; Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University

""In recent years, advocates of libertarian freedom, or Molinism, have dominated the discussion of the problem of evil in Christianity, creating a consensus that traditional Calvinism is unacceptable. The present volume counteracts that consensus by sophisticated and detailed philosophical argument of a high order. I strongly recommend it.""
--John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

David E. Alexander is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Huntington University. He is the author of God, Goodness, and Evil (2012) and numerous popular and scholarly articles.

Daniel M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Shawnee State University. He isthe author of a number of articles in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and Asian philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620325780
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2016
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David E. Alexander is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Huntington University. He is the author of God, Goodness, and Evil (2012) and numerous popular and scholarly articles. Daniel M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Shawnee State University. He is the author of a number of articles in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and Asian philosophy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Contributors ix

Introduction David E. Alexander Daniel M. Johnson 1

1 Calvinism and the Problem of Evil: A Map of the Territory Daniel M. Johnson 19

2 Molinist Gunslingers: God and the Authorship of Sin Greg Welty 56

3 Theological Determinism and the "Authoring Sin" Objection Heath White 78

4 Not the Author of Evil: A Question of Providence, Not a Problem for Calvinism James E. Bruce 96

5 Orthodoxy, Theological Determinism, and the Problem of Evil David E. Alexander 123

6 Discrimination: Aspects of God's Causal Activity Paul Helm 145

7 On Grace and Free Will Hugh J. McCann 168

8 The First Sin: A Dilemma for Christian Determinists Alexander R. Pruss 187

9 Calvinism and the First Sin James N. Anderson 200

10 A Compatibicalvinist Demonstrative-Goods Defense Christopher R. Green 233

11 Calvinism and the Problem of Hell Matthew J. Hart 248

12 Calvinism, Self-Attestation, and Apathy toward Arguments From Evil Anthony Bryson 273

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