Favorite Dollar Store Jebus Pic

Favorite Dollar Store Jebus Pic
This is the Jesus Christ of the Jebus Crusters (Note: NOT Semitic)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wikipedia on the "Molinists"

"Molinism, named after 16th Century Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina, is a religious doctrine which attempts to reconcile the providence of God with human free will. William Lane Craig is probably its best known advocate today, though other important Molinists include Alfred Freddoso, Alvin Plantinga and Thomas Flint. In basic terms, Molinists hold that in addition to knowing everything that does or will happen, God also knows what His creature would freely choose if placed in any circumstance."

That's Wikipedia's brief caption for its entry on Monism.  The late Luis Buñuel was fond of playing tricks on movie audiences by showing Catholic heresies in the plain light of truth: in "The Milky Way," he reconstructed some Gnostic sects and heretical groups based upon what is known of them.  He may have been familiar with the Molinists.  Today, the Molinist, Alvin Plantinga, argued with Mackie on the nature of evil, Mackie taking the position that no good omnipotent god would allow evil to exist, Plantinga countering with his claim it is man, not "God" who does evil; "God" cannot help it if man sometimes chooses incorrectly.  Once you understand the circular logic of Platinga's position the last line of the Wiki entry takes on special significance.

Either "God" is impotent and therefore of no use to man, or "God" is all powerful but allows man to choose evil.  Under the circumstances, "God" just can't win.  He's either a fraud or a coward.

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