Three Theological Mistakes: How to Correct Enlightenment Assumptions about God, Miracles, and Free Will

 
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Is the existence of God a matter of faith or knowledge? Does God sometimes act miraculously or are there physical causes for everything? Is morality absolute or relative? Are humans truly free or does God's sovereignty determine everything? When bad things happen, is God the cause or are they the fault of humans? Too frequently Christians answer these questions with a 'Yes' to one side and a 'No' to the other side. Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth answer 'Yes' on both. Following their model, Machuga defends a 'third way' that transcends the Enlightenment dichotomies of fideism versus rationalism, supernaturalism versus naturalism, relativism versus absolutism, free will versus predestination, and God's justice versus his mercy. Machuga begins by showing how these false dichotomies grew out of the Enlightenment assumptions of mechanism, universal quantification, and mono-causation. He then corrects these demonstrably dubious assumptions by articulating a theory of dual-causation. The result is a thoroughly biblical understanding of God, miracles, and free will that can withstand the contemporary criticisms of both science and philosophy.

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Ric S. Machuga has taught Philosophy in the Honor Program at Butte College for thirty-five years. He is the author of 'In Defense of the Soul' (2002), 'Life, the Universe, and Everything' (Lutterworth Press, 2012), and numerous pieces for 'Books & Culture'.

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"As a work of philosophy, albeit with a theological bent, Machuga's study is highly accessible and provides a superb introduction to the difficulties surrounding Enlightenment philosophy. ...this study is a welcome addition [to] the ever-growing critiques of Enlightenment thought. As such, Three Theological Mistakes would be a valuable addition to any research library that serves undergraduate and graduate students in Theology who are seeking an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings of debates that continue to this day." -Eric Lafferty, Theological Book Review, Vol. 27 No.1, 2016

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