The Spread of Molinism

by Max Andrews
I’ve been off of Facebook for a while [for several reasons] and apparently there is now a Molinist group. I don’t know how many people are in it but it’s nice for like-minded individuals to share and exchange ideas with one another (likewise, of course, interacting with opposing views).

I recently spent an afternoon with Tyler McNabb[1] in Glasgow. Later that day Tyler sent me an email of encouragement. Part of it was below. Apparently, someone asked, “Just out of curiosity, how many here were introduced to Molinism by WLC?” Below are a few responses.

Dwight Stanislaw WLC and Max Andrews. Max led me to Keathley’s book, which was the first treatment on Molinism I’ve read. Now I’m reading Freddoso’s intro to Molina’s own work and it’s destroying every last brain cell I have left.

Chad Miller Dwight literally took the exact route I did. I was intrigued by WLC but still Calvinist. I got to know Max via social media and communicated a lot with him. I asked him THE book on Molinism that gave the best argument and he recommend S&S by Ken Keathley, and now I’m here in this group and shall remain as long as Facebook is around…

Jonathan Thompson WLC, Plantinga, and Max Andrews. I first came in contact with this view upon hearing WLC’s lecture “Is One True Religion Possible?”.

I’m certainly happy to see that people are interested in Molinism and finding it to be a very compelling theological and philosophical understanding of God–it’s really a theological hermeneutic that belongs in the category of philosophical theology (and here). It’s an understanding of God derived from theological principles derived from the Scripture and is a theological construct, which isn’t inconsistent with any other theological positions based on theological reflection.

What I would do to anyone interested in the issues concerning Molinism I would simply refer them to a directory of mine that has a collection of relevant posts, papers, etc. ranging from simple issues to very complex issues. I have no idea how many Molinists there are and it’s still a minority view. If you read my review of Keathley’s book it’s my prediction that should people research the issues I’d hope that one may exchange their TULIP for ROSES. There are many more Calvinists and Arminians but I do believe Molinism is growing. (Amyraldism and open-theism, I suspect, may have fewer adherers than Molinism. Although, there are probably more people who call themselves Calvinists that are actually Amyraldians–the four pointers not adhering to limited atonement.)

The Molinism Directory

[1] Tyler is doing his PhD at the University of Glasgow in Religious Epistemology. He and his wife have been great friends to me.


4 Comments to “The Spread of Molinism”

  1. Well you have one more upcoming molinist, it unites both God’s sovereignty and mans free will without violating either. I read some material on RF Forum and listened to Craig in his podcasts. I wonder how James White will react to the rise of Molinism, is it possible to do a poll and see how many persons are there who have adopted it?

    • I can create a poll online here but I don’t think my blog will have the audience enough to get a good sampling from the range out there. James White would probably disagree that Molinism is spreading; rather, it’s just becoming more well known. That’s speculation. He’s also said that Molinism is “just as unbiblical as Mormonism” so… well, I won’t say anything more about that.

  2. I believe Jonathan Thompson started the group, and I am one of the admins. Dr. Keathley himself is a member, and we’re having some fun times over there! :) We’d love to have you in, but I don’t think you have it set to have yourself added to groups.

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