Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism?
(07-21-2011, 04:55 PM)Walty Wrote:
(07-21-2011, 04:51 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote:
(07-21-2011, 04:43 PM)Walty Wrote:
(07-21-2011, 04:26 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Is there like a dogmatic stance on which one is right or more right than the other?   ???

That's the great argument.  Both claim to be more in accord with traditional Catholic theology and the teachings of St. Thomas. 

But, in my opinion, only one justifiably makes that claim, and that is the Augustinian/Thomists.  In simplest terms, the argument is that the Molinists offend the classical picture of the Christian God and His total providence by attributing a vital part of the salvation process to men themselves, working quite separately from God and His grace, and they thus fall into a theology which is Pelagian in spirit.

Because it's problematic to say that men can do good and accept God's grace all on their own.

Well, the impression that I had from this thread was that Augustinian theories next to obliterate man's role in his own salvation.  Maybe that's not the way its intended, but thats the impression I've had so far. 

Why can't it just be as simple as we can't get to Heaven without God's grace (which He provides to all) and we can't accept God's grace unless we chose to?  It seems like with the Augustinian stuff you've got oodles of people who are going to Hell simply because they weren't provided grace, not that they didn't accept it.  Or that they weren't provided the right grace.  I dunno.

My equilibrium is shattered.   :(

It only becomes problematic if you believe we are totally depraved like the Calvinists do, which is another straw in the heap of evidence that suggests Calvinism is the logical fruition of Augustine's theology.

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Re: Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism? - by Melkite - 07-21-2011, 06:50 PM

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