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.
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.
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?
Many divisions between church denominations can be traced back to differences in four doctrines: sola scriptura, freewill, the relationship between the Old and New covenant, and the sacraments. In this article, focus is given to the doctrine of freewill. This article evaluates the positions of Libertarianism and Universalism through the perspective of Calvinism.