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dc.contributor.advisorWare, Bruce A.
dc.contributor.authorSparks, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-31T19:50:51Z
dc.date.available2022-05-31T19:50:51Z
dc.date.issued2022-04-29
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10392/6761
dc.descriptionThis work is embargoed by the author until 5/31/2024.
dc.description.abstractRecent scholarship claims that the Reformed tradition was neither libertarian nor compatibilist with regard to free will and, as a consequence, Jonathan Edwards’s work, Freedom of the Will, represents a departure from the tradition. However, good reasons exist to dispute both claims. In this dissertation, I argue that in Freedom of the Will, Edwards employs theological arguments for compatibilism that were consistent with and common among the Reformed. In order to defend this thesis, I compare the arguments for compatibilism in Freedom of the Will with the anthropology, theology proper, and Christology of the Reformed. Edwards’s anthropology differed from the faculty psychology of the Reformed, but these differences are not substantial as Edwards can still distinguish the intellect from the will and argue, with the Reformed, that the intellect determines the will to the greatest perceived good. In theology proper, Edwards utilized the reasoning of his Reformed forebearers as he argued from God’s foreknowledge of future events to demonstrate that free will is compatible with moral necessity and the necessity of the event. Finally, Edwards used classic Reformed Christological categories and the covenant of redemption in order to argue that Christ’s will was determined to the good. The theological arguments for compatibilism found in the Reformed were consistently developed by Edwards in Freedom of the Will.en_US
dc.subjectCompatibilismen_US
dc.subjectFree Willen_US
dc.subjectJonathan Edwardsen_US
dc.subjectPaul Helmen_US
dc.subjectReformed Thought on Freedomen_US
dc.subjectRichard Mulleren_US
dc.titleA Theological Evaluation of Edwards’s Freedom of the Will: A Case for Continuity with the Reformed Traditionen_US
dc.typeElectronic dissertationen_US
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dc.embargo.liftdate2024-05-31T00:00:00Z
dc.contributor.committeeWellum, Stephen J.
dc.contributor.committeeWright, Shawn D.
dc.contributor.committeeBignon, Guillaume
dc.type.qualificationnamePh.D.en_US
dc.publisher.institutionSouthern Baptist Theological Seminaryen_US
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of Theology


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