Religious Studies



Exclusivism, eternal damnation, and the problem of evil: a critique of Craig's Molinist soteriological theodicy


DAVID B. MYERS a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN 56563

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Abstract

According to orthodox Christianity, salvation depends on faith in Christ. If, however, God eternally punishes those who die ignorant of Christ, it appears that we have special instance of the problem of evil: the punishment of the religiously innocent. This is called the soteriological problem of evil. Using Molina's concept of middle knowledge, William Lane Craig develops a solution to this problem which he considers a theodicy. As developed by Craig, the Molinist theodicy rests on the problematic assumption that all informed persons who would freely reject Christ are culpable. Using an informed Muslim as a counter-example, I try to show that Craig's Molinist solution begs the question.