Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought

Muller, Richard A.

Crisply analytical and rigorously historical, this highly anticipated volume sheds welcome clarity over vast, often cloudy territory. Tracing scholastic thought on freedom and divine will from Aristotle to the early modern reformers, Muller’s sprawling essay is a new standard in its subject. A demanding work highly recommended for students of philosophy and Reformed theology.

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The relationship between divine providence and human freedom remains one of the most vexing topics in Christian theology. Many gravitate to extreme ends of the spectrum, with a version of hyper-Calvinism on one end or perhaps some form of open theism on the other. Christian theology seems ever in search of a way to articulate a balanced picture of a sovereign God in relationship to humans who can make choices.

This fresh study from an internationally respected scholar of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras shows how the Reformers and their successors analyzed and reconciled the concepts of divine sovereignty and human freedom. Richard Muller argues that traditional Reformed theology supported a robust theory of an omnipotent divine will and human free choice and drew on a tradition of Western theological and philosophical discussion that included such predecessor thinkers as Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus. In arguing this case, the book provides historical perspective on a topic of current interest and debate--the issue of freedom and determinism--and offers a corrective based on a broader analysis of the sources.

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