How Are We to Think of God's Freedom?

The paper discusses two conceptions of divine freedom. The first, Hugh McCann’s, proposes that God is a timelessly eternal act, whose agency is not deliberative and who, in that act, creates himself and the contents of his will. God is such an act. Following discussion of this view, its costs and be...

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Published in:European journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Helm, Paul 1940-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: University of Innsbruck in cooperation with the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham [2015]
In: European journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2015, Volume: 7, Issue: 3, Pages: 49-65
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B God / Free will / Freedom
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
NBC Doctrine of God
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Summary:The paper discusses two conceptions of divine freedom. The first, Hugh McCann’s, proposes that God is a timelessly eternal act, whose agency is not deliberative and who, in that act, creates himself and the contents of his will. God is such an act. Following discussion of this view, its costs and benefits, a more traditional account of God’s freedom, in which he possesses vestigial alternativity, the freedom to choose an alternative should there have been a sufficient reason to do so.
Contains:Enthalten in: European journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.24204/ejpr.v7i3.104