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Philosophia Christi

Volume 20, Issue 1, 2018

Symposium on Dualism and Physicalism

John C. Wingard, Jr.
Pages 139-154

God and Possible Worlds
A Reformed Exploration

In this essay I consider how God is related to possible worlds from a classically evangelical and Reformed perspective, contending that God’s essential perfections determine what is genuinely possible. I then consider briefly three views that take God to be a significant delimiter of possible worlds and offer some defense of one of those views, the view that there are many genuinely possible worlds that are equally and unsurpassably good and that God might have chosen to actualize. I conclude by noting two significant implications of my position, one epistemological and the other concerning the problem of evil.

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