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Philosophia Christi

Volume 17, Issue 1, 2015

StevenB. Cowan, Greg A. Welty
Pages 151-173
DOI: 10.5840/pc20151719

Pharaoh’s Magicians Redivivus
A Response to Jerry Walls on Christian Compatibilism

Jerry Walls has recently argued that no Christian theist should be a compatibilist because, on compatibilism, it is “all but impossible to maintain . . . the perfect goodness of God.” More specifically, he contends (1) that Christian compatibilism involves God in manipulation that undermines human moral responsibility, (2) that such manipulation makes God morally culpable for evil human actions, (3) that Christian compatibilism exacerbates the problem of evil in a way that Christian libertarianism does not, and (4) that Christian compatibilism entails universalism. In this paper, we argue that Walls is mistaken on all counts.

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