Contingency in Classical Creation: Problems with Plantinga’s Free-Will Defense
Alvin Plantinga’s Free Will Defense is a milestone in Christian apologetics. It introduced much-needed precision into the discussion of the Problem of Evil. It helped to show how rich a Christian’s philosophical options are, and to increase respect for Christian theology in general. It is perhaps the most persua- sive response to the Problem of Evil from a classical Christian perspective. In these senses it is a practical success. However, as I show below, it fails in its main theoret- ical goal: Plantinga does not deliver the argument he promises, and there are a num- ber of reasons why it seems no such argument can be available to him.
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Benjamin Huff, Ph.D.
Professor, Randolph-Macon College