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031 - Molinism with Tim Stratton

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In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Tim Stratton of Free Thinking Ministries. They discuss the topic of Molinism as it relates to God’s sovereignty, human free will, and why it matters. Tim’s book on the subject is Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism: A Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Philosophical Analysis.1:03 - Intro to Tim Stratton1:41 - Why Molinism on the podcast?3:20 - Welcome to Tim Stratton3:54 - How Tim became a Christian9:37 - God as a maximally great being10:43 - Tim’s dissertation11:18 - What does Tim find compelling about Molinism?12:42 - The Mere Molinism Facebook group - What is the problem that Molinism is trying to solve?22:47 - How to briefly summarize Molinism?23:41 - Defining terms: Middle knowledge and counterfactuals31:39 - Scriptures that affirm counterfactuals / middle knowledge 41:53 - Why us the term “mere” Molinism?46:22 - Can Molinism be applied to salvation?48:21 - Does this chess analogy work?52:10 - Objection: Molinism is not derived from scripture58:23 - Objection: Who cares? That’s just for scholars and theologians1:02:45 - How Molinism saved Tim’s marriage1:06:20 - Where to find Tim’s resourcesTim’s YouTube Channel: Thinking Ministrires’s Bio Thinking Podcasts Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism: A Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Philosophical Analysis. you have a question for the podcast, record it and send it our way using or you can email us at