17 THEOLOGY MIDDLE KNOWLEDGE Human Freedom in Divine Sovereignty JOHN D. LAING 978-0-8254-4330-5 • $27.99 Paperback • 6 x 9 • 416 pages Christian Theology / General Kregel Academic Rights: World Available Most Christians believe God is in control, but they are unsure of how to reconcile that control with their struggles with sin, the command to evangelize, and the immense suffering in the world and their own lives. Laing offers an introduction to the doctrine of providence based on the theory of middle knowledge, first articulated in the sixteenth century. This view describes how creatures have true free will and God has perfect knowledge of what each crea- ture could and would do in any circumstance. Middle knowl- edge helps answer the most perplexing theological questions: predestination and salvation, the existence of evil, divine and human authorship of Scripture, and science and the Christian faith. Laing provides extensive biblical support as well as prac- tical applications for this theology. “MiddleKnowledge:HumanFreedominDivineSovereignty offers an outstanding step-by-step explanation of middle knowledge and the objections to it. . . . This book will find a ready place in courses on the doc- trine of God and will be an essential reference work on middle knowledge and related subjects for many years to come.” —C. Fred Smith, associate professor of biblical studies and theology, Liberty University “Laing’s robust defense of Molinism is especially refreshing with its heart for biblical faithfulness cou- pled with personal sensitivity to the human ques- tions raised.” —Ted Cabal, professor of Christian apologetics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary John D. Laing (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of systematic theology and philoso- phy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His other publications include In Jesus’ Name: Evangelicals and Military Chaplaincy. CONTENTS 1. The Doctrine of Middle Knowledge 2. The Grounding Objection 3. The Circularity Objection 4. Divine Foreknowledge and Creaturely Free Will 5. Predestination and Salvation 6. Middle Knowledge and the Problem of Evil 7. Inerrancy and Inspiration 8. Science and Theology 9. Molinism: The Biblical Evidence 10. Existentially Satisfying