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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 28, Issue 4, October 2011

Katherin A. Rogers
Pages 397-415
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil201128440

Anselm Against McCann On God and Sin
Further Discussion

Hugh McCann argues that God wills human sin, that humans are nonetheless significantly free, and that his position provides a satisfying theodicy of sin. I defend an Anselmian view: Although God causes the existence of all that exists, He does not produce sin. Human beings are the ultimate sources of their sinning, which sinning should not happen. McCann rejoins that my position is incoherent and that my criticisms are not well taken. I respond, clarifying Anselm’s understanding of human freedom, revisiting and defending my previous criticisms, and arguing that in practice McCann’s position is a poor fit for the Christian life.