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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 24, Issue 2, 2012

Jake H. O'Connell
Pages 141-154
DOI: 10.5840/philtheol201224210

Does God Condone Sin?
A Molinist Approach to the Old Testament Law

This article addresses the issue of why God would sanction, via the Old Testament Law, less than ideal practices such as slavery, polygamy, and excessively harsh punishments for certain crimes. I appeal to two concepts (the idea of a supererogatory good, and the idea of Molinism) to explain why God sanctioned these practices. I explain that God’s sanctioning these practices may have been necessary in order to create the world with the most possible good.

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