Plantinga

by Andrea Elizabeth

According to the Wiki article on Plantinga stating:

“In 2000, the third volume, Warranted Christian Belief, was published. In this volume, Plantinga’s warrant theory is the basis for his theological end: providing a philosophical basis for Christian belief, an argument for why Christian theistic belief can enjoy warrant. In the book, he develops two models for such beliefs, the “A/C” (Aquinas/Calvin) model, and the “Extended A/C” model. The former attempts to show that a belief in God can be justified, warranted and rational, while the Extended model tries to show that specifically Christian theological beliefs including the Trinity, the Incarnation, the resurrection of Christ, the atonement, salvation etc. Under this model, Christians are justified in their beliefs because of the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing those beliefs about in the believer.”

I don’t see how this fits in with Molinism if he thinks the person freely chooses God. The last sentence seems like belief is externally imposed. What if people respond to God with love or hatred. He reveals Himself incrementally to those who love Him, and he doesn’t bother with those who don’t, except to allow them to be a negative motivation for those who do. So belief in the details about Him comes as a person chooses him over error as they repent of their sins. If they continually refuse to repent, their eyes become more and more darkened, revealing that they didn’t love him enough.

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