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Philosophia Christi

Volume 17, Issue 2, 2015

Creation, Causality, and Abstracta

Jerry L. Walls
Pages 411-426
DOI: 10.5840/pc201517234

Pharaoh’s Magicians Foiled Again
Reply to Cowan and Welty

In this paper, I respond to the central points of Steve Cowan and Greg Welty’s response to my 2011 article in which I argued that theists, especially Christian theists, should not be compatibilists. I contend that their counterexamples fail to undermine my “provenance principle” as my “evil manipulator principle.” Their counterexamples are not convincing cases of determinism, and thus tacitly rely on libertarian freedom to make moral sense. I also argue that their appeal to skeptical theism fails to undercut my argument from appalling moral evil. Finally, I argue that the resources provided by libertarian freedom better makes sense of damnation than does compatibilism.

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