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The Innocence of God

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Explores the sovereignty of God and the continual battle of a good and powerful God for his creation.

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TheodiCR

Good Writing, Bad Reasoning

by TheodiCR on Apr 23, 2009

The headline pretty much says it all--Middelmann is an excellent writer but he simply fails to reason through the issues. In the end the book seems more like angry polemic against Calvinists than an academic (even at the most basic level) work on the problem of evil. Though there are some, the passages where he does actually engage in reason or analysis of biblical passages turn out to be clever deceptions more than coherent arguments. When discussing Romans 9, for example, he quotes only the verses he can easily misconstrue, and when the preceding or following verse would have contradicted his interpretation, he just fails to mention it. I am not joking--sadly, that is exactly what he does. So I guess if you're a passionate Arminian or activist for libertarian free will in philosophy of religion, then this book is for you. It will be a pleasant read. But for anyone who is not already decided in that direction, I recommend William Lane Craig's Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide. He has a broad sampling of excellent articles.

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