I'm done with Hinlicky and back to Adolf Hoenecke, who I was taking a break from. His systematic theology is very interesting. It's much more learned and critical of the 17th century tradition than Pieper's is, though basically the results are the same.
Interesting piece on evil.
Question: Does God will evil?
Before you answer too quickly, consider this: God sustains the evil person while they do the evil act. Furthermore, God eternally foreknew the evil act and didn't prevent it.
So, does God will evil?
Hoenecke has an interesting answer and one I think to be close to Luther's in Bondage of the Will.
Considered as an individual act- that is, in and of itself- God does not will evil. Neither does God somehow cause people to will in evil ways. But God does will a certain providential plan that incorporates the evil act. The evil act is a key aspect of God's plan. So, though does not will evil as an individual act, he wills and allows certain evil actions as part of his larger plan.
What do you all think of this? Is he going too far towards Calvinism?