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According to Reformed Theology, why do unbelievers deserve punishment?

The simple answer is that God has decided that the wages of sin is death. It is entirely up to God as to what punishment sin deserves, and the punishment God chose was eternal damnation. The ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will respond to R.C. Sproul's critique in the article "What Is Free Will?"?

The first view is what I’m going to call the “humanist” view of free will, which I would say is the most widely prevalent view of human freedom that we find in our culture. I’m sad to say that, in my ...
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Is there a Christian philosopher who has published a book challenging compatibilism from the point of view of hard determinism?

I'm not aware of any Christian philosophers who take a hard-line determinist point of view. Of course, no one has read everyone, so I can't say for sure, but it seems like a Christian philosopher who ...
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What was the Early Church's (ante-Nicene period) view of the interplay between free will (or lack thereof) and salvation?

Some of the modern vocabulary of the determinism/free will debate is not found in the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, but within their writings there is clear & consistent support of the view ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will respond to R.C. Sproul's critique in the article "What Is Free Will?"?

As someone who holds to libertarian free will, I can immediately spot that what Sproul describes in "Spontaneous Choice" is not, in fact, libertarian free will, but goes beyond the accepted ...
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What is the Biblical Basis, if any, for God hard-determining human behaviour?

You have not considered the possibility (and I suggest it is the truth) that God created humanity already aware that the creation (any created creation, the best of all possible created creations) ...
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What is the Biblical Basis, if any, for God hard-determining human behaviour?

Nobody forced either Adam or Eve to disobey God's clear command. The Bible is also clear that no temptation befalls people beyond what they can endure, for God gives grace sufficient to endure it. ...
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How do Christians who believe in libertarian free will respond to R.C. Sproul's critique in the article "What Is Free Will?"?

Sproul's argument is what I will loosely refer to as a "false trichotomy". When presented formally, it looks like this: Let A = No free will Let B = What Sproul calls "humanist free ...
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What Was God’s Role in the Fall?

The term 'Calvinist' has a very broad spectrum of meaning. Some use it to denote that someone believes what Paul states regarding election and predestination. However some also apply the descriptor to ...
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According to Reformed Calvinists, are all of a person's volitional states causally determined by prior causes in time?

N.B.: My "answer" is not really an answer to the question as asked. Forgive me. The following response can serve, however, to re-frame the question in a less complicated and easier to deal ...
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Is there a Christian philosopher who has published a book challenging compatibilism from the point of view of hard determinism?

It all seems to boil down to how “free will” is defined. Here are brief extracts from two articles that analyse Sam Harris’ book ‘The Illusion of Free Will’: Philosophy News: Sam Harris says the ...
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How is free-will formally defined as distinct from determinism, randomness and determinism-randomness hybrid to support moral responsibility?

Julian Baggini has written a book called Freedom Regained: the Possibility of Free Will. In it the idea emerges that Philosophers working on free will and moral responsibility proceed almost ...
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