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Middle Knowledge: Human Freedom in Divine Sovereignty

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Published April 24th 2018 by Kregel Academic & Professional
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Bob
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary: An exposition and defense of the doctrine of middle knowledge, also known as Molinism, and arguments for why this best addresses other theological issues.

God's sovereignty and human freedom. Somehow both logic and experience witness to the truth of both and yet how the two may be understood together has been one of the toughest questions facing theologians and Christian apologists. A truly sovereign God has both the knowledge, indeed foreknowledge, and power to accomplish God's will. If
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Brian Chilton
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book! I highly recommend it. The only issue I have with the book is that Arminianism and Molinism are combined as the same system. The two, while similar, have substantial differences.
David Bruyn
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very thorough treatment of Molinism and libertarian free-will.
Jim
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“One of the most widely held doctrines of Christianity is that of meticulous divine providence. The doctrine of providence refers to God’s governance and preservation of the world-his ongoing activity in the creation-and it is “meticulous,” because it refers to the smallest details of all events”(13).

So begins John D. Laing’s book on Middle Knowledge (MK): Human Freedom In Divine Soveriegnty. He is correct in highlighting God’s providence over the affairs of His creation. As believers, you can i
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Jimmy Reagan
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Laing makes a strong case for the concept of middle knowledge as an explanation of the providence of God. In doing so he upholds both human freedom and divine sovereignty. No doubt he writes in a highly divisive category among theologians and will probably get some pushback, but in my view has done well in writing a detailed, scholarly examination with careful biblical and logical accuracy.

Though he uses a lot of down-to-earth examples, this work will still be tough for newcomers to the deb
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Evan Minton
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent scholarly source on Molinism. He accurately represents his opponents, citing their own words and quotations describing their positions, and proceeds to show how Molinism prevails over these non-Molinist views (Process Theology, Open Theism, Divine Determinism, Simple Foreknowledge Arminianism) in areas such as (1) Reconciling meticulous divine providence with human free will, (2) Reconciling God's universal salvific will and resistible grace with his predestination of individuals to sa ...more
Carl
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think the author presented a good case for defending Molinism and middle knowledge. He interacts with opposite views (mostly calvinism and open theism) and seems to fairly represent them. What caught my attention regarding this book is the number of subjects that are affected by Molinism. The author makes the case that Molinism best explains salvation and predestination, the problem of evil, inspiration and inerrancy, and even science. In the conclusion he also opens a door for Molinism's impa ...more
Julius
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Laing's Middle Knowledge: Human Freedom in Divine Sovereignty is one of the most accessible and thorough explorations of Molinism, the sixteenth-century doctrine of middle knowledge (scientia media).


Laing's important book explores the thesis that Molinism prevails over other non-Molinist views (Process Theology, Open Theism, Divine Determinism, Simple Foreknowledge Arminianism) in areas such as (1) Reconciling meticulous divine providence with human free will, (2) Reconciling God's univers
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Jeff
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best single volume written on middle knowledge and Molinism. It not only defines the doctrines and defends them from the most common objections, it then applies them to a range of theological areas, from salvation and theodicies to inspiration and even eschatology. A must read for anyone interested in this topic, and probably the standard by which subsequent books on Molinism will be measured.
Brandon
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent investigation into the current theophilosophical discussions of Molinism, as well as the biblical evidence in support of this view.
This book makes a great companion to Kenneth Keathley's "Savlation & Sovereignty".
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