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April 30th, 2012

Free Gary Habermas Books

by Max Andrews

As I came into the office this morning I saw Gary Habermas and we spoke for twenty or so minutes about his recent debate in New Orleans against Michael Shermer, Vic Stenger, and another atheist (which will be available down the road by Fortress Press.)  Dr. Habermas then came and briefly spoke in the class I assist with and promoted the philosophy department, the philosophy and apologetics clubs, etc., and mentioned a few resources on his website.  There are a few free books, chapters from books, and his dissertation, which are available in electronic form.  These resources include:

April 30th, 2012

What if God Doesn’t Have Middle Knowledge?

by Max Andrews

If God doesn’t have middle knowledge then he has only natural and free knowledge.  There are two options.  The first option is that God possess mere or simple foreknowledge.  If one turns to simple foreknowledge, there lies no good sense in God’s providential planning of a world of free creatures in the absence of middle knowledge. William Lane Craig insists that,

…On such a view of God [He has], logically prior to the divine decree, only natural knowledge of all possible scenarios but no knowledge of what would happen under any circumstances.  Thus, logically posterior to the divine decree, God must consider Himself extraordinarily lucky to find that this world happened to exist.  “What a break!” we can imagine God’s saying to Himself, “Herod and Pilate and all those people each reacted just perfectly!”  Actually, the situation is much worse than that, for God had no idea whether Herod or Pilate or the Israelite nation or the Roman Empire would even exist posterior to the divine decree.  Indeed, God must be astonished to find Himself existing in a world, out of all the possible worlds He could have created, in which mankind falls into sin and God Himself enters human history as a substitutionary sacrificial offering! [Anthropomorphically speaking][1]