Chapter

Divine Freedom

Oliver D. Crisp

in Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755295
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755295.003.0004
Divine Freedom

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Chapter 3 considers how Edwards's doctrine of God as a simple pure act can make sense of divine freedom. In dialogue with several recent treatments of these matters, the chapter argues that Edwards's position is coherent. God is free, according to Edwards. But he is also determined to act as he does by his own nature. In this way, and unlike many of the Reformed before him, Edwards embraces what we might think of as a consistent theological compatibilism. Not only are creatures determined to act as they do, yet free. God also is determined to act as he does (by his nature), and yet free in those actions.

Keywords: determinism; theological compatibilism; libertarianism; moral inability; natural ability; creation; possible worlds; St. Thomas Aquinas

Chapter.  8651 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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