Is God “Significantly Free?”

  title={Is God “Significantly Free?”},
  author={Wes Morriston},
  journal={Faith and Philosophy},
  • Wes Morriston
  • Published 1 August 1985
  • Philosophy
  • Faith and Philosophy
In an impressive series of books and articles, Alvin Plantinga has developed challenging new versions of two much discussed pieces of philosophical theology: the free will defense and the ontological argument.' His treatment of both subjects has provoked a tremendous amount of critical comment. What has not been generally noticed , however, is that when taken together, Plantinga's views on these two subjects lead to a very serious problem in philosophical theology. The premises of his version… Expand
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