Perichoresis 16 (2):3-15 (2018)

Divine determinism, though affirmed by many Calvinists, implicates God in the decisions people make that ultimately damn them to the terrible destiny of hell. In this paper, the authors argue that this scenario is a problem for divine determinism. The article contends that determinism is inconsistent with God’s love and the Scriptures that explicitly state that God does not ‘desire’ anyone to go to hell. Even human love for others strongly suggests that God, who is ‘love’, will not determine anyone to hell. On the other extreme, those who argue for universalism, though appealing to Scripture, often do so with questionable exegesis.
Keywords Calvinism  Molinism  determinism  love  the problem of hell
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2478/perc-2018-0007
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,058
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Universalism and the Problem of Hell.Ioanna-Maria Patsalidou - 2012 - Philosophy Compass 7 (11):808-820.
Divine Determinism, Human Freedom, and the Consequence Argument.Leigh C. Vicens - 2012 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 71 (2):145-155.
Love and Death.Helen Daly - 2018 - In Simon Cushing (ed.), Heaven and Philosophy. Lexington Books. pp. 137-52.
A Meditation on Hell: Lessons From Dante.James Wetzel - 2002 - Modern Theology 18 (3):375-394.
Hell and the Goodness of God.Wilko van Holten - 1999 - Religious Studies 35 (1):37 - 55.
Hell and the Goodness of God.Wilko van Holten - 1999 - Religious Studies 35 (1):37-55.
Escaping Heaven.Benjamin Matheson - 2014 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 75 (3):197-206.
Reincarnation and Infinite Punishment in Hell.Gianluca Di Muzio - 2013 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74 (2):167-180.
The Problem of Hell.Jonathan L. Kvanvig - 1993 - Oxford University Press USA.
Hell and the Problem of Evil.Andrei A. Buckareff & Allen Plug - 2013 - In Justin McBrayer & Daniel Howard-Snyder (eds.), Companion to the Problem of Evil. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 128-143.


Added to PP index

Total views
73 ( #140,365 of 2,427,679 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
12 ( #57,057 of 2,427,679 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes