Is God the Cause of Sin?

Faith and Philosophy 31 (4):422-434 (2014)
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In this paper I will investigate one way of resolving the apparent tension between the following three propositions, endorsed by some theists: Every worldly event is a consequence guaranteed by God’s unimpedible causal activity, People sin, God is not the cause of sin. In particular, I will examine what I will call the unadorned privation defense, which has roots in Aquinas and continues to find defenders. I will argue that although defenders of this view successfully rebut certain criticisms, their defense ultimately fails to reconcile these three propositions.



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Peter Furlong
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Divine Sovereignty and the Freedom of the Will.Hugh J. McCann - 1995 - Faith and Philosophy 12 (4):582-598.

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