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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009

Symposium: Did God Mandate Genocide?

Steven B. Cowan
Pages 156-169
DOI: 10.5840/pc200911111

Molinism, Meticulous Providence, and Luck

Molinism entails that God cannot actualize just any possible world because God has no control over what counterfactuals of freedom (CFs) are true. This fact confronts the Molinist with a dilemma. If God has a plan for the course of history logically antecedent to his cognizance of the true CFs, then God would have been implausibly lucky if any actualizable world corresponded to his plan. If, on the other hand, God did not have a plan for the course of history antecedent to his cognizance of the true CFs, then Molinism is incommensurate with a meticulous view of providence.

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