Philosophia Christi

Volume 25, Issue 1, 2023

Robert A. LarmerOrcid-ID
Pages 105-116

Koperski’s New (Improved?) Decretalism

In “Breaking Laws of Nature” published in this journal in 2017, Jeffrey Koperski defended a position he termed “decretalism” in which he claimed that the laws of nature should be understood as the decrees of God. In “Decretalism and the Laws of Nature” also published in this journal in 2017, I argued that Koperski’s decretalism amounts to occasionalism. In his recent book, Divine Action, Determinism, and the Laws of Nature, Koperski has responded to my criticisms by changing his account of the laws of nature. In this article, I argue that his new account of the laws of nature is more problematic than his first rendition.