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Love, freedom, and evil : does authentic love require free will?

Author: Thaddeus J Williams
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2011.
Series: Currents of encounter, v. 41.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The defining premise of the Relational Free Will Defense is the claim that authentic love requires free will. Many scholars, including Gregory Boyd and Vincent Brümmer, champion this claim. Best-selling books, such as Rob Bell's Love Wins, echo that love "cannot be forced, manipulated, or coerced. It always leaves room for the other to decide." The claim that love requires free will has even found expression in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thaddeus J Williams
ISBN: 9042033592 9789042033597
OCLC Number: 730034300
Description: 203 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Evil and the autonomous heart, rethinking free will as a condition of authentic love : The relational free will defense ; The problem of evil ; Three criteria of theodicy ; The intransitivity dimension ; The anthropological dimension ; The relational dimension ; An overview ; The axiom of libertarian love ; Three necessities ; Three freedoms ; Necessity of the heart ; Teleology and transcendence ; Boyd's chip, Hanegraaff's Cathy, Brummer's doll ; True love: is freedom from the heart indubitable or dubious? ; The non-indifference condition of true love ; Leibniz's indifferent queen ; Edwards on indifference and love ; Wiggins and Hasker on contrastive explanations ; Contrastive explanations and love in Le Chambon ; Summary and conclusions --
2. Freedom and the enslaved heart, depth capacity and the case for libertarian free will : The moral imperative argument: does "ought" imply "can"? ; Depth capacity ; The Pelagian-Erasmian-Kantian-Finneyan dictum ; Johannine perspectives on "can" ; Two Erasmian strategies ; Anthropological optimism ; The grievous resistances argument: does divine grief imply human autonomy? ; Resistance and autonomy ; A divine tension ; An exegesis of Acts 4:28 ; Gregory Boyd on a predetermined crucifixion ; Solidarity and stability in suffering ; The relational vision argument: can one guarantee another's love? ; Relationship implies resistibility ; Love relationships and creaturely finitude ; Absolute and creative-relative impossibilities ; Howard Marshall on predetermination ; Impossibility and the synoptic view of faith ; Summary and conclusions. 3. Love and the reformed heart, the scope of divine action in human love : Five models of divine action in human love ; God and the heart ; Pelagius and Cassian on divine action ; Arminius and Augustine on divine action ; Divine action in no man's land ; Observations on the theological landscape ; Heart reformation and the Bible ; An ancient Hebrew tension ; Divine giving and human coming ; Divine unifying and human loving ; Divine raising and human remaining ; The tension beyond John ; The problems of evil revisited ; The divine contributor objection ; The sparsity objection ; Prayers for love actualization ; Equiprobability, probabilistic, and hybrid models ; Free will and concrete evil ; Summary and conclusions --
Epilogue : What a difference one word makes.
Series Title: Currents of encounter, v. 41.
Responsibility: Thaddeus J. Williams.

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The defining premise of the Relational Free Will Defense is the claim that authentic love requires free will. Many scholars, including Gregory Boyd and Vincent Brümmer, champion this claim. Best-selling books, such as Rob Bell's Love Wins, echo that love "cannot be forced, manipulated, or coerced. It always leaves room for the other to decide." The claim that love requires free will has even found expression in mainstream Hollywood films, including Frailty, Bruce Almighty, and The Adjustment Bureau .The analysis shows convincingly that the claim that authentic love requires free will, does.

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