If free will refers to the freedom of the will to choose and act of itself, without coercion, then it is proper to ask: does man have a free will? This article looks at the two answers given by libertarianism and compatibilism to the question of the sovereignty of God and its relationship to human responsibility, which shapes how one understand free will.
Does man have a free will? This article argues that when you consider man's moral and spiritual condition, the claim of free will remains a myth.
An unregenerate person does not possess free will. Only in Christ is the will is freed. It is in Christ that man can please God again.
Can God be omnipotent and omniscient, and a human being be truly free at the same time? If human beings are free, does this not limit God's omnipotence and omniscience? Corduan makes use of Meister Eckhart, teacher at the University of Paris in the 13th century, as a guide to reflect on the God-man relationship.
This article demonstrates that no one truly believes in free will. It shows that if your will is truly free, it chooses without concern for any given object. The article concludes by showing that there is no gospel where there is free will.
What do most people mean when they say that they believe in free will? This article argues that although a person may have a will, that will has no power to effect anything that the person decides. The will is subject to your already existent moral condition, the condition of your heart. Read the article to consider this argument in detail.
What is the nature of the human will in terms of its freedom or lack of freedom? How much power does it wield over the whole human being? This article attempts to answer these questions, highlighting in the process the natural inclination of the human will with regard to sin and God's righteousness. One observation made is that the sinner is free but only in the direction of sin.
What is at stake in the debate over free will and the sovereignty of God? Is it possible to take seriously human freedom and at the same time honour God’s absolute sovereignty over his creation? If God is the one who determines the course of events in the lives of men, how can man be responsible for his actions? Should Christians still pray if God in any way holds the future in his hands?
There is always a tension in affirming both divine sovereignty and human freedom. This article examines Clark Pinnock's attempt to reconcile God's sovereignty with human freedom by suggesting that God knows all that can be known, which does not include future human decisions. However, God is omnicompetent and thus able to bring about his ultimate goals.
Was Gottschalk, the ninth-century monk of Orbais, standing alone in his preaching of the sovereignty of God? This article indicates that it was not the case that in a time when Semi-Pelagianism dominated, he stood alone. Investigation of eighth and early ninth-century literature reveals an influence of Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian soteriology.
What is the nature of human freedom in light of man's natural tendency towards sin? This article responds to a previous article in the journal by Paul Himes who argued that 1 Corinthians 10:13 provides good evidence in favour of libertarianism, at least in situations in which Christians are tempted to sin. Cowan argues contrary to Himes that the text actually supports a compatibilist view of freedom.