Religious Studies

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God, compatibilism, and the authorship of sin

PAUL HELMa1 c1

a1 Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard, Vancouver, V6T 2E4, BC, Canada

Abstract

Peter Byrne has presented arguments against the effectiveness of two ‘defensive strategies’ deployed in my books Eternal God and The Providence of God respectively. These strategies were originally presented to support the cogency of ‘theological compatibilism’ by arguing against the claims that it is inconsistent with human responsibility, and that it entails that God is the author of sin. In this present article the author offers a number of clarifications to his original thesis and argues that Byrne's arguments do not succeed in their aim of undermining the two strategies.

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c1 e-mail: phelm@onetel.com