From Calvin to Molina

January 10, 2014

Below is the conclusion of an essay by Dr. Jeremy Evans – SEBTS professor of philosophy – that is found in Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism.

The block quote* cited is from an essay by Dr. Ken Keathley – SEBTS professor of theology – that is found, here: Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, (B&H, 2008), 214.


I moved from a Reformed view of the will to a libertarian view during my time as a seminary student. Interestingly, the move occurred not because of my professors; most of my professors were admittedly Calvinists. Instead, I grew to consider libertarianism as the view with the least pressing problems ranging over the most significant areas of inquiry. It was hard enough reconciling determinism with a meaningful account of human freedom and even harder to understand how God, knowing that everyone is in need of a Savior, would not enable everyone to accept the offer of new life in Christ. I felt the intellectual transition away from Geneva was needed to avoid what I considered to be problems bigger than those faced by non-Reformed views of the will. Ken Keathley makes an excellent point here in defense of Molinism (a libertarian view of freedom):

*If Molinists have to appeal to mystery … they do so at a better and more reasonable point. I’d rather have the Molinist difficulty of not being able to explain how God’s omniscience operates than the Calvinist difficulty of explaining how God is not the author of sin. In other words, Molinism’s difficulties are with God’s infinite attributes rather than His holy and righteous character.

Those same sentiments provided the impetus for my journey away from Calvinism.