David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Religious Studies 37 (3):307-320 (2001)
The traditional doctrine of the Incarnation maintains that God became man. But was it necessary that God become the particular man He in fact became? Could some man or woman other than the man born in Bethlehem roughly two thousand years ago have been assumed by the Son to effect our salvation? This essay addresses such questions from the perspective of one embracing Molina's picture of divine providence. After showing how Molina thought his theory of middle knowledge helps alleviate a traditional Christological puzzle, the essay turns to the aforementioned questions concerning God's incarnational alternatives and suggests some fairly radical answers. Finally, the essay presents two substantial objections to these radical answers and argues that these objections fail.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Ken Perszyk (2013). Recent Work on Molinism. Philosophy Compass 8 (8):755-770.
Similar books and articles
Brian Leftow (2011). Composition and Christology. Faith and Philosophy 28 (3):310-322.
R. Zachary Manis (2011). Could God Do Something Evil? A Molinist Solution to the Problem of Divine Freedom. Faith and Philosophy 28 (2):209-223.
Alfred J. Freddoso (1986). Human Nature, Potency and the Incarnation. Faith and Philosophy 3 (1):27-53.
Alfred Freddoso (1986). Human Nature, Potency and the Incarnation. Faith and Philosophy 3 (1):27-53.
Wes Morriston (2001). Explanatory Priority and the Counterfactuals of Freedom. Faith and Philosophy 18 (1):21-35.
William Lane Craig (2006). Flint's Radical Molinist Christology Not Radical Enough. Faith and Philosophy 23 (1):55-64.
Thomas P. Flint (2001). A Death He Freely Accepted. Faith and Philosophy 18 (1):3-20.
Brian Leftow (1995). Anselm on the Necessity of the Incarnation. Religious Studies 31 (2):167 - 185.
Thomas P. Flint (2001). 'A Death He Freely Accepted': Molinist Reflections on the Incarnation. Faith and Philosophy 18 (1):3-20.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads45 ( #53,256 of 1,696,590 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #144,274 of 1,696,590 )
How can I increase my downloads?