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Theological Determinism: Omniscience and Foreknowledge

J. R. Lucas

in The Freedom of the Will

Published in print September 1970 | ISBN: 9780198243434
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.003.0014
Theological Determinism: Omniscience and Foreknowledge

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The chief theological argument for determinism is the argument from omniscience, although other arguments, from omnipotence and from grace are also invoked. Many thinkers have been reluctant to accept the implications of theological determinism. For, however much a Christian may believe in the omniscience of God, he also is committed to the freedom of man. Many different devices have been adopted to preserve freedom and responsibility in the face of omniscience.

Keywords: theological determinism; God; freedom; omniscience; responsibility

Chapter.  2670 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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