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My upcoming EPS paper on whether determinism follows from compatibilism

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Here is the abstract of the paper I will read at the 2014 annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

My upcoming ETS paper on whether God "permits" evil

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Here is the abstract of the paper I will be presenting in a session on Molinism at the 2014 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, alongside William Lane Craig, John Laing, and Kirk McGregor, and moderated by Kenneth Keathley.



‘Lord Willing and God Forbid’ Divine Permission, Asymmetry, and Counterfactuals by Guillaume Bignon
In the literature on divine providence, an important argument against Calvinism and its determinist view of free will is the claim that determinism prevents Calvinists from employing about God a language of ‘permission’ for sin. Determinism allegedly requires one to say that God ‘intends’ or ‘causes’ sin, and thereby forbids saying God ‘permits’ it. This paper first argues that contrary to what is often assumed, indeterminism alone is insufficient to rescue the meaningfulness of divine permission of evil: asymmetry in divine providence is a problem for everyone, and indeterminism alone cannot justify this asymmetry. Accordingly, this paper turns to a con…

Association Axiome: My blogging in French

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"Parlez-vous Français?" Magnifique! With the creation of this blog, I was asked whether or not I would write in French as well. As a matter of fact, I already do. I am one of the contributors on the blog of the Association Axiome (www.associationaxiome.com), an association of French-speaking scholars, founded by Canadian philosopher David Haines. For posts "en Français" pertaining to loosely the same topics as will be addressed on the present blog, you can follow the blog of Association Axiome, then. We are working on making this a solid entry point for bringing serious apologetics to the French-speaking world.


As to the present blog, I created it precisely because I didn't have an outlet for my writings in English, so it shall be just that: English with only a French accent.

Of course, she was right.

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Well, of course, she was right. She's always right. At any rate, my lovely wife Katherine has been telling me for a while now that I really, really should get my act together and start posting material that's a bit more substantial than can be expressed in packets of 140 characters.
In other words, I need to blog. Ah, that dirty word. Not without its stigma. Having something substantial to say can be a sufficient condition for one to create a blog, but to state the obvious, it's not at all a necessary condition for such. And so it is, that the unflattering title 'a blogger' now properly refers to yours truly.
Without a doubt, some who disagree with me in the future (people do that, sometimes, I don't know why), will see as a live option the possibility of referring to me, their ideological opponent, as 'a blogger' rather than a philosopher, a scholar, or whatever  lofty title makes me feel pretty good about my life. Well, let it be so, and face the inev…