Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Conclusion

Conclusion

 

Having examined the presuppositions of the FWD, namely incompatibilism and middle knowledge, we are now in a position to give a final evaluation of it as an answer to the logical problem of evil. To answer the logical Problem of Evil, the Free Will Defence must show that it is possible that God could only have created a world containing free creatures where they fell into sin. To do this, FWD proponents argue that it is possible for one person to be transworldly depraved and therefore that God could possibly not have created any world with more good than this one.

Without middle knowledge, there is no hope for Incompatibilist free will. Without Incompatibilism, the FWD defence cannot show that God could possibly not have created a world without sin. If contingent human choices do not place limitations on what God could create, then the FWD proponent cannot maintain premise 2.

 

Without the FWD, Christians need to find another way to answer the Logical Problem of Evil. The most promising route to take to do so is to find a reason for God allowing evil not in the greatest good of man, but for the sake of His glory. Towards this end, books such as Frame’s Apologetics to the Glory of God go a long way. [150] Whether or not we have an answer now, or will ever in this world, we can know that in Glory, we will have no doubts, we will sing with the rest of heaven,

“Great and marvelous are Your works,

O Lord God, the Almighty;

Righteous and true are Your ways,

King of the nations!

4“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?

For You alone are holy;

For all the nations will come and worship before You,

For Your righteous acts have been revealed.”[151]

 


[150]Frame, Apologetics to the Glory of God, chap. 149–190.

[151] Rev. 15:3-4


 

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