Theological Determinism and God's Standing to Blame

Faith and Philosophy (forthcoming)
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I argue that God lacks the standing to blame or punish people for their sin if theological determinism is true, and that this is so even if sinners deserve both blame and punishment for sins God determines them to commit (and thus even if theological determinism is compatible with human free will and moral responsibility). I then respond to two recent objections to this conclusion, one by John Ross Churchill, the other by Patrick Todd. I conclude by noting several implications of the position here defended.

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Justin A. Capes
Flagler College


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