Counter-Arguments and Concessions: Reply to Andrew Harland-Smith’s Grounding Objection

1. Preliminaries In avoiding unintended off-tracking, it is necessary for me to state the points I concede in Andrew’s essay. First, I concede that there may be some ways in construing (DT) that should not bother Molinists (Andrew’s formulation of [(DT)] does not necessarily entail his conclusion as I will argue later). Second, I concede … Continue reading Counter-Arguments and Concessions: Reply to Andrew Harland-Smith’s Grounding Objection

Hoist by its Own Petard – A Grounding Objection to Molinism

By Andrew Harland-Smith 1. Preliminary Remarks This exchange between John and myself concerns a narrowly framed articulation of the grounding objection. Mine is not an argument founded on any universal theory of truth; not truthmaker maximalism, not atomic truthmaker, not even truth-supervenes on being. Rather, mine is a much narrower claim. It is only that … Continue reading Hoist by its Own Petard – A Grounding Objection to Molinism

Hoist by Its Own Petard Part 2 – a Rejoinder to John Limanto

1. A Re-Cap of My Argument It will be recalled, that in my first essay, I developed an argument from what I called “The Dependence Thesis” (‘DT’) which held: (DT). For any person S and CCF C, if C is true, S has made it true that C As I noted in part 3 of … Continue reading Hoist by Its Own Petard Part 2 – a Rejoinder to John Limanto

A Response to Aron Ra

I regret that this response must be written. The atheist blogger Aron Ra and I recently participated in an event together. We were at a church, answering questions on the topic of creationism and Darwinism in front of about 300 high school students. Despite the fact that we differ greatly on the topic at hand—I, … Continue reading A Response to Aron Ra

Does True Love Require Libertarian Free Will? A Response to Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is one of my favorite apologists and theological thinkers. I have been reading his blogs and listening to his podcasts for years. His book “Tactics” is one that all Christians who care about evangelism should own. In my professional opinion, Koukl’s ministry, Stand To Reason, is one of the best resources available to … Continue reading Does True Love Require Libertarian Free Will? A Response to Greg Koukl

Molinism & the Golden Chain of Redemption

One of my favorite things to do is engage in respectful dialogue with those who disagree. Whether it is a debate with atheists over the existence of God or a debate with a fellow Christian regarding theological issues, I love being challenged to think and to constantly reexamine my views. These conversations have forged my … Continue reading Molinism & the Golden Chain of Redemption

Hays’d & Confused

I recently had the privilege of meeting the French Calvinist philosopher Guillame Bignon. Although I disagree with Bignon, in my opinion, he offers the best defense of Calvinism today. With that said, however, I wrote an essay critiquing a small portion of Bignon’s recent book. In response to my arguments, Hays quickly wrote a response … Continue reading Hays’d & Confused

Objections to Molinistic Monergism

Recently a committed Calvinist sought to interact with me regarding the model I have offered showing how Molinism can be completely monergistic (See A Molinistic Model of Monergism). That is to say, the model of Molinism I have offered shows how God is the author of salvation from beginning to end and man plays no … Continue reading Objections to Molinistic Monergism

Arminianism vs Molinism

I once had the pleasure of interacting with Arminian theologian, Dr. Jack Cottrell. Many Arminians also claim to be Molinists. In fact, many scholars believe that Arminius was a Molinist! Cottrell, however, is an Arminian who opposes Molinism. Here is a sampling of our online debate. Hi Jack, I sincerely thank you for adding me … Continue reading Arminianism vs Molinism

Molinism Is Biblical: Rejoining the Reformed Rejoinder

A Facebook friend of mine and I have had a respectful debate regarding Molinism and Calvinism over the past few days. Sean Luke is a committed Calvinist as I used to be for over a decade. I freely chose to leave the Calvinist camp several years ago for several reasons (or God causally determined me to stop being … Continue reading Molinism Is Biblical: Rejoining the Reformed Rejoinder