Does God Intend that Sin Occur? We Affirm

Matthew J. Hart
University of Liverpool (PhD)
Daniel Hill
University of Liverpool
In this paper we discuss the question whether God intends that sin occur. We clarify the question, consider some of the answers given in the Christian tradition, and give a careful commentary on a few especially telling passages from the Christian Scriptures. We consider two philosophically informed interpretative strategies, one derived from the work of Frances Kamm, the other from Reformed scholasticism, against our interpretation of these passages. While we concede that in other passages such interpretations may allow a way of escaping our argument, we conclude that in the case of the telling passages we have selected there is simply no comparably plausible alternative interpretation.
Keywords Arminianism  Calvinism  God  Kamm  actus reus  determinism  double effect  evil  free will  freedom  intention  predestination  sin
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DOI 10.24204/ejpr.v0i0.2950
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