Faith and Philosophy 30 (3):330-344 (2013)

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Shawn Bawulski
University of St. Andrews
Abstract
In a recent work, Kenneth Himma argues that the doctrines of exclusivism and hell in Christian theology lead to a reductio when combined with certain ethical principles about reproduction; he concludes that if both doctrines are true, then it is morally impermissible to procreate. Since the Christian tradition holds that procreation is at least morally permissible, if the argument is valid, then one or more of its premises should be abandoned. In response to this argument, I will present several theological and philosophical objections, showing that no inconsistency has been demonstrated in holding Christian exclusivism, a traditional doctrine of hell, and the moral permissibility of procreation.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI faithphil201330326
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