What about Free Will? Reconciling Our Choices with God's Sovereignity

Scott Christensen (2016)

This book examines the subject of free will from a biblical perspective. The book is not written as a treatise in academic philosophy or theology, but it is informed about the scholarly issues that are involved in the discussion. Biblical data is placed as the highest authority, but the discussion also seeks to be logically cogent and coherent. Christensen argues that a Reformed understanding of compatibilism is what makes the most sense out of the biblical material, and it is also what makes the most logical sense in terms of rational analysis. He argues that libertarian definitions of freedom fail both biblically and philosophically.

Chapter 1: A Road Map for Libertarianism

Incompatibilists maintain that human freedom and responsibility are incompatible with determinism...

Chapter 2: Assessing the Whys of Libertarianism

Libertarians insist that our choices are not causally determined, but if no sufficient explanatio...

Chapter 3: How Big is Your God?

Arminianism maintains that God restricts his sovereignty in the universe, and that human free wil...

Chapter 4: A Road Map for Compatibilism

Often a false dichotomy is set up along the lines of humans either being free in a libertarian se...

Chapter 5: A Dual Explanation for Why Good Stuff Happens

The Bible reveals that God grants what he commands: when we do what is right, it is because God i...

Chapter 6: A Dual Explanation for Why Bad Stuff Happens

We can understand more easily how God can decree events that harmonize with his preceptive will, ...

Chapter 7: To Be Free or Not to Be Free

Humans are free in some ways but not in others. We choose out of the inclinations of our nature, ...

Chapter 8: Why We Do the Things We Do

We always choose in accordance with our strongest desire and what we think will be most beneficia...

Chapter 9: A Tale of Two Natures

Our nature generates desires that lead to choices. Our natures are either dead in sin or alive in...

Chapter 10: Exploring Corridors

Two people can hear the same message of the gospel, and one puts their faith in Christ and the ot...

Chapter 11: Navigating the New Nature

Libertarians often suggest that irresistible grace and monergisticregeneration would be akin to c...

Chapter 12: Absolute Freedom

In heaven, God’s glorified saints will never be able to sin and they will not have the liberty of...

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