Tag Archive | james white

Update on Where I’ve Been and Stuff

This past month, I worked at Pine Cove Camps which was a rather awesome experience. Here are some photos for proof:

Kids shoving me into the lake. See more at http://www.pinecove.com/photo-gallery/

Kids shoving me into the lake. See more at http://www.pinecove.com/photo-gallery/

Tying some shoes. More at http://www.pinecove.com/photo-gallery/

Tying some shoes. More at http://www.pinecove.com/photo-gallery/

Long live Pi Chi Tau. See more at facebook.com/pinecovestaffalumni

Long live Pi Chi Tau. See more at facebook.com/pinecovestaffalumni

So, that’s what I’ve been up to for the past seven or so weeks. Now that First Half is done, I’m doing some summer school getting ready for Fall 2014.

However, you’re probably asking yourself (“Self..”) what am I going to be posting next (“…what is caplawson going to be posting next?”)? Back in May, I posted a critique of James White’s dealings with Molinism. Essentially, he stated his arguments were against William Lane Craig’s version of Molinism; however, it seemed to me that Dr. White wasn’t interacting with Dr. Craig’s responses to the grounding objection. So, I summarized three of Dr. Craig’s published works on the grounding objection and offered some of my personal input on the issue. Dr. White then took time in his subsequent edition of the Dividing Line to go through and interact with my post; that episode can be found at this link. I was quite honoured to have been the topic of discussion and also to have the URL read on air; the effects of which were evident rather quickly.

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Unforeseen developments notwithstanding, my next article will be my response to Dr. White which will include some clarifications, apologies, and counter-arguments. As far as future content on this blog goes, I’m going to continue focusing on Molinism and I’m planning on releasing the second, revised version of my theological argument against a common young-Earth view of animal death.

S.D.G.

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Philosophy Matters – James White Missing the Mark on Molinism

Dr. James White released another Dividing Line podcast on Thursday aimed at refuting Molinism. It was a response to a response by William Lane Craig to an argument by James Anderson (of Reformed Theological Seminary) about “the fallible God of Molinism”. There was also another response by White to Craig’s response to J.W. Wartick‘s summary of Travis Cambell’s argument against Molinism based on an objection to divine aseity. There are a lot of moving pieces so I’ll list the play by play.

December 18, 2013: Dr. Travis Campbell discussed middle knowledge in this podcast and objected to Molinism on the basis that it undermines God’s aseity.

January 8, 2014: J.W. Wartick summarizes Dr. Campbell’s arguments and makes his own comments in this blog post here. Sometime afterwards, William Lane Craig picked up this post and decided to use it to discuss Molinism on his podcast.

January 29, 2014: Dr. James Anderson of Reformed Theological Seminary formulated and published an argument against Molinism on the issue of fallibility in this blog post here.

May 4, 2014: Dr. William Lane Craig discusses J.W. Wartick’s blog post and responds to Dr. Anderson’s arguments in this podcast here.

May 8, 2014: On the Dividing Line podcast, James White plays and responds to Craig’s May 4th podcast which can be found here.

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Another Brief Discussion on Molinism

I’ve been catching up with the Dividing Line podcast. In the last 15 minutes of the March 11 episode, Dr. White picks back up with his commentary on the Unbelievable? episode with Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Paul Helm discussing Molinism. I do have a lot of respect for Dr. White, however, as I have mentioned in the past, there are a few mistakes that I think he makes when critiquing Molinism.

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Brief Discussion on Middle Knowledge and Divine Fatalism

In a recent Dividing Line podcast, James White was responding to a recent debate on Calvinism vs Molinism between Paul Helm and William Lane Craig. It’s a rather good podcast in general and I would recommend it. White makes many good responses worthy of consideration. In the future, I may cover some of his other points, but for now, I’m concerned with his closing remarks.

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