By Kirk R. MacGregor
When Luis de Molina died in Madrid in 1600, he had each cause to think he used to be approximately to be anathametized through Pope Clement VIII. The Protestant Reformation was once splitting Europe, tribunals of the Inquisition met frequently in a dozen Spanish towns, and the Pope had introduced a fee years past to enquire Molina’s writings.
Molina used to be ultimately vindicated, notwithstanding the choice got here seven years after his dying. within the centuries that Molina was once relegated to particularly minor prestige within the heritage of theology until eventually a renaissance of curiosity lately. His doctrine of God’s “middle knowledge,” particularly, has been appropriated via a few present philosophers and theologians, with apologist William Lane Craig calling it “one of the main fruitful theological principles ever conceived.”
In Luis de Molina: The lifestyles and Theology of the founding father of center Knowledge, writer Kirk R. MacGregor outlines the most contours of Molina’s sophisticated and far-reaching philosophical theology, masking his perspectives on God’s foreknowledge, salvation and predestination, poverty and obedience, and social justice. Drawing on writings of Molina by no means translated into English, MacGregor additionally offers perception into the reports that formed Molina, recounting the occasions of a existence absolutely as dramatic as any of the Protestant Reformers.
With implications for issues as wide-ranging as biblical inerrancy, construction and evolution, the connection among Christianity and global religions, the matter of evil, and quantum indeterminacy, Molina’s idea continues to be as clean and appropriate as ever. most importantly, might be, it maintains to provide the potential for a rapprochement among Calvinism and Arminianism, a view of salvation that totally upholds either God’s predestination and human loose will.
As the 1st full-length paintings ever released on Molina, Kirk MacGregor’s Luis de Molina provides an available and insightful creation for students, scholars, and armchair theologians alike.
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