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Date Monday, February 18, 2019
Time 12pm — 1pm CST

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Henry Center: Robert Hartman

A Christian Ethics of Blame: Or, God says, "Vengeance is Mine"

The kind of moral responsibility that has traditionally been at stake in the free will debate is basic desert moral responsibility—that is, the praise and blame people deserve simply in virtue of the free actions that they perform, and not based on forward-looking considerations. Even if we have this kind of free will, there are good reasons for Christians not to give the blameworthy what they deserve simply because they deserve it. One reason is that the Scriptures repeatedly make the claim that retribution is God’s only to dole out: “Vengeance is Mine. I will repay.”

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Robert Hartman (PhD St. Louis University) is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Stockholm University, Sweden. He works primarily on issues related to moral responsibility, and is the author of In Defense of Moral Luck: Why Luck Often Affects Praiseworthiness and Blameworthiness (Routledge, 2017).

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