Won’t Get Foiled Again – A Rejoinder to Jerry Walls

A couple of months ago (February 2016), Philosophia Christi published my and Steve Cowan’s rejoinder to Jerry Walls’s reply to our response to his original article on Christian compatibilism. Our abstract:

Jerry Walls has attempted to make the case that no orthodox Christian should embrace compatibilism. We responded to his arguments, challenging four key premises. In his most recent response, Walls argues that none of our rebuttals to these premises succeed. Here we clarify aspects of our previous arguments and show that Walls has not in fact undermined our defense of Christian compatibilism.

Given my October 2015 post, there are now five articles that compose this particular conversation. In chronological order, they are:

  1. Jerry L. Walls, “Why No Classical Theist, Let Alone Orthodox Christian, Should Ever Be a Compatibilist,” Philosophia Christi Vol. 13 No. 1 (Summer 2011): 75-104. [link]
  2. Steve Cowan and Greg Welty, “Pharaoh’s Magicians Redivivus: A Response to Jerry Walls on Christian Compatibilism,” Philosophia Christi Vol. 17, No. 1 (Summer 2015): 151-173. [link]
  3. Steve Cowan and Greg Welty, “Addendum: More Rebuttals of Walls from Pharaoh’s Magicians’ ‘Bag of Tricks’!” (Evangelical Philosophical Society website, September 16, 2015), 1-12. [link]
  4. Jerry L. Walls, “Pharaoh’s Magicians Foiled Again: Reply to Cowan and Welty,” Philosophia Christi Vol. 17, No. 2 (Winter 2015): 411-426. [link]
  5. Greg Welty and Steven Cowan, “Won’t Get Foiled Again: A Rejoinder to Jerry Walls,” Philosophia Christi Vol. 17, No. 2 (Winter 2015): 427-442. [link]

It is this last item (#5) that is my recent addition to this exchange.

[Blog post edited on 4/29/2016 to include the link to item #4.]