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  • The Concept Of Predestination In Puritan Literature

    During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a group of people named the Puritans sought to flee from the country of England in an effort to escape the Anglican church to find religious freedom. The Puritans sought to purify the church and remove some factors, such as corruption. After first attempting to settle in Holland, they immigrated to the New World where they began to live in communities that allowed them to be within close proximity to each other. Inside of these tightly knit communities, the Puritans strictly adhered their beliefs. Throughout a vast majority Puritan literature, there are numerous parallels that can be drawn about God and the Calvinist idea of predestination. Throughout Puritan literature, the idea of God’s…

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  • Free Will In Theology

    Free will and predestination are debated fiercely between two schools of thought, Mu’tazili and Hanbali. The Mu’tazili flourished in the cities of Basra and Baghdad, both in present-day Iraq, during the 8th–10th centuries, the Golden Age of Islam. The Mu`tazili are best known rejecting the status of the Qur’an as uncreated and co-eternal with God, asserting that if the Quran is God 's word, logically God "must have preceded his own speech" (Kadri 77). In contrast the Hanbali school follows the…

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  • Reformer Influence On John Calvinism

    John Calvin is the reformer that started Calvinism.Calvin was a man who was highly influenced by Luther but then ended up making his own modified version of Luther’s beliefs.The core beliefs of calvinism are predestination, Justification by faith alone and T.U.L.I.P.This paper will outline John Calvin’s thoughts on free will along with other’s thoughts on Calvin’s theory. John Calvin believes in predestination. Calvinism teaches that God alone decides who will be saved and humans have no way to…

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  • Stoicism: Deterministic Philosophy

    in accordance with our own free will as long as we want to do it. On this note, the Stoics and Augustine have very similar yet very different definitions of the concept of free will. Stoics essentially believe that “free acts result from our character” (Bayer, Lect. 6, Slide 13). In comparison, Augustine defines free will as “a will that is in accord with itself” (Bayer, Lect. 8, Slide 14). The most major ways that the Stoics and Augustine are similar are that neither believe in a forking path…

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  • Predestination In The Crucible

    Puritans and Predestination in The Crucible Puritans and Predestination are viewed throughout The Crucible by the Puritans lifestyle and their judgment against anything that is not in the Bible or said to be evil. In the opening, Paris states that it was very hard to gain respectable reputation with the rest of the Puritans, and with Abigail and the rest of the girls in the forest it would destroy what Parris has worked for. “The Puritans believed that the Bible was God’s true law, (Kizer).…

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  • The Concept Of Free Will

    Does free will exist? As humans came to enlightenment, the concept of free will concerned many philosophers’ thoughts, especially in philosophy of religion. Many came to question, whether humans have free will or they just do what needs to be done based on God’s plan. Therefore, many philosophers assume that the meaning of free will is the ability to choose to do something with one’s desire or to be free to choose. Moreover, people have different minds and different views about the idea of free…

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  • Freewill And Omniscient Essay

    The idea of freewill and the existence of an omniscient being poses and interesting philosophical question; Can humans have free will, and co-exist with all-knowing deity, or does this create an apparent conflict? I am going to cover what the definition of these terms (freewill and omniscience) are for our discussion, bring up a few points about an apparent conflict between omniscience and freewill, and provide a conclusion as to whether or not this conflict is a strong defeater for these two…

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  • Augustine Free Will Analysis

    “Free will, without which no one can live rightly, is a good and divine gift.” (Augustine 65). In the book, On the Free Choice of the Will, Augustine argues that humanity’s will, which is given by God, is indeed free. As the book proclaims, free will is something that has the ability to produce righteousness and happiness; it is a gift that produces peace and prosperity. Yet, at the same time, there is the possibility of the will to be fixed on the all too enticing temptations of this world.…

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  • What Is Incompatibilism Or Absolute Freedom Of Will?

    Stating that two existential suppositions that have been perceived as intrinsically antithetical (in traditional social and philosophic perspectives) are actually capable of coexistence is relatively contentious, but Ayer’s justification of causal determinism incorporated with freedom of volition implements synchronous aspects of both philosophical perceptions and manifests as a logical conclusion to the activities of humans: compatibilism, the abstraction that humans possess the capacity to…

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  • Simple Foreknowledge Analysis

    Simple Foreknowledge and the idea of hard and soft facts, even though it is supposedly a “simple” view of God’s foreknowledge is a very hard view to understand. However, the middle knowledge, or Molinistic view tries to explain Gods foreknowledge through a belief in counterfactuals and three different types of knowledge that God has. A counterfactual is a conditional statement, or as explained by William Lane Craig, are statements that “are antecedent or consequent clauses [that] are typically…

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