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Timelessness and Human Responsibility

Paul Helm

in Eternal God

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590391
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590391.003.0009
Timelessness and Human Responsibility

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It was argued in previous chapters that divine foreknowledge is inconsistent with libertarian freedom. Is such freedom necessary for human responsibility? Compatibilism is discussed. It is argued ad hominem against some compatibilists who claim that atheistic compatibilism may be consistent with human responsibility but theological compatibilism is not. Frankfurt's compatibiism is discussed. The further claim, that theological compatibilism makes God the author of sin, is rebutted. Pike's argument that God has ‘over power’ and so is responsible for the outcome of the evil acts of his creatures, event though he is not to blame, is also discussed, as is Ross's claim that God's being the logically necessary and sufficient condition of an action is compatible with that action's being a libertarian action.

Keywords: compatibilism; responsibility; author of sin; over power; libertarian freedom; Frankfurt

Chapter.  9461 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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