Thursday, May 27, 2010

Skipper of a sinking clipper

J.C. Thibodaux, on May 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm Said:

God isn’t obligated to stop humanity from destroying itself, His omnipotence & omniscience don’t change this fact.

Thibo is like a sailor in a squall who rips out planks from the keel to lighten the ship. But even though ripping planks from the keel does, indeed, lighten the ship, it also has the unfortunate side effect of swamping the ship from below.

One plank of Arminianism is the omnibenevolence of God. In order to defend Arminian theism against the argument from evil, Thibo already torn that plank from the keel.

Another plank of Arminianism is a direct correlation between ability and responsibility. According to Arminians, degrees of inability mitigate responsibility. Total inability is exculpatory.

But Thibo now rips this plank from the Arminian ship as well. He has reversed the Arminian principle. What we now have is an inverse correlation between ability and responsibility. For him, the agent with the greatest ability (God) has the least responsibility.

But if there’s no correlation between ability and responsibility, then what becomes of the Arminian objection to predestination?

Since Thibo is determined to scuttle his own ship, the Calvinist might as well take a dockside seat and watch it sink at the hands of the Arminian captain.

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