Chapter

Divine Aseity

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/9780199755295.003.0005
Divine Aseity

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The flip side of this doctrine is divine aseity, or divine independence. Chapter 4 deals with this doctrine. Edwards's position is consistent with God's metaphysical independence of the creation. But there has been some recent dispute about whether Edwards can affirm that God is psychologically independent of the creation. The chapter argues that he can affirm this. In which case, Edwards has provided a strong argument for the conclusion that God can be both free and independent of the created order even if he is determined to act as he does by the nature he possesses.

Keywords: aseity; divine freedom; psychological independence; metaphysical independence; divine glorification; end of creation; necessity of creation; best possible worlds thesis

Chapter.  7513 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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