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The Freedom of the Will$
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J. R. Lucas

Print publication date: 1970

Print ISBN-13: 9780198243434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.001.0001

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Theological Determinism: Omniscience and Foreknowledge

Theological Determinism: Omniscience and Foreknowledge

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(p.71) §14 Theological Determinism: Omniscience and Foreknowledge
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The Freedom of the Will
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J. R. Lucas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.003.0014

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

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