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Reprobation, free will, and skeptical theism

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-"how can we reconcile a God of love with the (Calvinist) belief that He decrees some (or so many) people to perish?"

At the end of last Saturday's conference on the problem of evil, wherein I presented on "Calvinists and Arminians on the problem of evil: who can say what?", a thoughtful gentleman came and asked me the above question—definitely an important one for Calvinists like me to think about. We briefly discussed the matter, and it made me realize I had some things to say about the topic, which I hadn't read elsewhere before, so it called for a post. Here is what I have to say in response.

Love and the divine will
The question is raising the worry that there may be an incompatibility between the Calvinist doctrine
of reprobation, and a certain attribute of God, namely the (undisputedly biblical) fact that God is love. When you phrase the objection as an argument, you see that it is really a special case of the problem of evil that would go something l…

"IF GOD, WHY EVIL?" conference in New York

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I will be one of the speakers at the coming apologetics conference "IF GOD, WHY EVIL?" on June 13, in Franklin Square, NY.
Free admission for all. Details below.




Here is the link to the facebook event, to which you may RSVP to receive notifications.



"Arranging Marriages?" - Paper proposal for ETS meeting on "Marriage and the Family"

I just submitted a paper proposal, to present at the 2015 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. This year's theme is "Marriage and the Family". Here is the abstract of my proposal.



“Arranging Marriages?”

An assessment of divine providence over the free choice of one’s spouse

There are approximately 3.5 billion people of the opposite sex on this planet, out of whom a Christian who seeks to be married is to pick one. Given the impact of this life-changing decision and the sheer improbability of finding a suitable spouse in that pool by chance alone, it is no wonder that Christians turn to the providence of God. But as they naturally do so, it is not always clear just how God’s input is to be sought. Does God have a will on the matter? And if He has such a will, does He ever reveal it? And if He does, how is a Christian to seek after it? The matter is further complicated by the fact that theologians notably differ on the issue of divine providence over human f…

PhD Abstract: Determinism, moral responsibility, and divine involvement in evil

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I just wrote the abstract of my PhD dissertation, and thought I would communicate it here to share and clarify the questions on which I have been working for the last few years. If you would like to read the full text of what I have to say on these matters, then join me in prayer that it will be accepted both by my examination panel, and God-willing, by a publisher after that.



Guillaume Bignon Excusing Sinners and Blaming God A Calvinist Assessment of Determinism, Moral Responsibility, and Divine Involvement in Evil Doctor of Philosophy Middlesex University/London School of Theology 2015

The dissertation examines the two most important criticisms offered in the literature, both ancient and contemporary, against theological determinism: that it excludes moral responsibility, and that it improperly involves God in evil. With respect to the former—the ‘incompatibilist’ claim that moral responsibility is incompatible with determinism—the dissertation surveys numerous formulations of the charge: t…

Videos of recent interviews of me by David Wood

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David Wood asks me the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism



And then following his own riveting story of turning from sociopath to Christian philosopher,



he interviewed me about my conversion from atheism.


Videos of various ETS and EPS papers of mine

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I am told that the existence of my YouTube channel is not properly signaled on my blog, so here is a post to make up for this. These are the full videos of some of the recent papers I delivered at conferences of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.


'Lord Willing and God Forbid' : Divine Permission, Asymmetry and Counterfactuals.




Does Compatibilism Entail Determinism? A Pragmatic Argument from Purpose in Evil.




Inerrancy, Is It a Matter of Luck? An Assessment of Inspiration, Providence and Divine Luck on Calvinism, Open Theism, Classical Arminianism, and Molinism.


Does Compatibilism Entail Determinism? A Pragmatic Argument From Purpose in Evil

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Here is the paper I presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in San Diego.
Does Compatibilism Entail Determinism? A Pragmatic Argument From Purpose in Evil by Guillaume Bignon

The debate on the nature of free will and divine providence, which has been showcased for centuries in the theological world between so-called ‘Arminians’ and ‘Calvinists’, is often (and appropriately) seen in the philosophical world to be between ‘libertarians’ and ‘compatibilists’. On the one side, ‘Arminians’ (understood broadly enough to include open theists, simple-foreknowledge Arminians and Molinists), are libertarians. They uphold ‘libertarian free will’ affirming that human free choices are not determined by God’s providential decree. Rather, given the totality of God’s providential dealings at the moment of choice, the free agent remains able to choose either way; he is not determined to pick one option over another. Most libertarians are also ‘incompatibilists’, that i…