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    Throughout centuries the theory whether predestination interrupts freewill has been an ongoing argument for centuries in the Christian church. When it comes to defending this argument many believers, in response tend to agree with the predestination theory by one of the great theologians I have had the pleasure of learning about throughout this semester, by the name of John Calvin. In this paper I will discuss the theory in question that focuses around “predestination” and determine whether or not it truly does “interrupt free will.” As I engage this theory I will present evidence from my investigation that supports the theory of predestination and give my view on how it should apply to Christians today. When it comes to the argument of predestination…

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    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…

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    Free Will In Theology

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    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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    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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    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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    Romans 6-16

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    that God possesses free will. And no one else. God does what he wants for the greater good. God has a will that is revealed and a will that is hidden. The will that is hidden revokes the human will and God’s word and will. It will pass, we should not question it, we should only adore it. God’s will is right because he wills it, he does not will death for a person that sins, he wills it based on his will. This is why Luther enforces that will is not free. Luther finds support for his theory in…

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    The Concept Of Free Will

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    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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    In different philosophies and literary works, the ideas of fate and free will have always contradicted each other, creating tension. The difference between the two concepts is evident; free will advocates choice and the ability to shape your own future, while fate governs your actions for the rest of your life, similar to the Calvinist belief of predestination in regards to salvation. Having such distinct natures, how is it possible for these two ideas to coexist and sometimes merge into one…

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    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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    “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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