Does God Intend That Sin Occur? (Hardcover)

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This open access book argues, from a detailed consideration of the Christian Scriptures, that God intends that sin occur. It swims against the tide of current thinking in philosophy of religion, arguing for an unfashionable conclusion. The book begins by considering the history of views on the question, paying particular attention to the Reformed or Calvinistic tradition. The heart of the book is a detailed examination of key passages from the Christian Scriptures that, it is argued, show that God does intend that sin occur. It also discusses in detail two alternative views that could be used to reinterpret these texts, one view that God intends only that the substratum of the sinful action occur, not the sin itself, and the other that God acts because a sin will occur but not intending that that sin occur. The book argues that these interpretative strategies, even when combined together, do not produce a plausible interpretation of the texts adduced.

About the Author

Dr Matthew J Hart recently acquired a PhD in philosophy from the University of Liverpool. He has publications in such journals as Disputatio, Philosophia Christi, and The European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion. Dr Daniel J Hill has taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool since 2000. He is author of Divinity and Maximal Greatness, and co-author of Christian Philosophy: A-Z and The Right to Wear Religious Symbols. He is also the Chair of the Tyndale Fellowship's Study Group in Philosophy of Religion.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783031065699
ISBN-10: 3031065697
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: August 21st, 2022
Pages: 113
Language: English