Defining causes and determinism: Does God cause sin?
Here is Hasker's definition of determinism:
Determinism: For every event which happens, there are previous events and circumstances which are its sufficient conditions or causes, so that, given those previous events and circumstances, it is impossible that the event should not occur.
Is there something wrong with this definition? After all, Bill Hasker is one of those nasty open theists, who clearly can't be trusted. But the upshot of this definition would be that the decrees of God cause people to do what they do. You cannot have a deterministic world in which God decrees X and not-X occurs. Saying "God's decree doesn't cause people to sin" is just plain ludicrous.
Once upon a time, the Emperor of Siam established a trial by ordeal for the hand of his daughter. Behind one door was the princess. Behind another door was a tiger. Unbeknownst to the suitor, the door concealing the tiger was locked.
The suitor happened to choose the door concealing the princess. And the prince and princess lived happily ever after.
Under the circumstances, it was impossible for the suitor to choose the tiger. Hence, saying the Emperor didn’t cause the suitor to choose the princess is just plain ludicrous.