How is free choice possible in a world determined by God’s will? What is the nature of human choice, and how does God’s foreknowledge preserve man’s moral responsibility? Although Christians today sometimes act like they are the first to raise such questions, we are heirs of a rich literature wrestling with these difficult questions. This class will focus on early modern Reformed expositions of free choice in their theological, philosophical, and historical contexts. Generally speaking, the course will cover the 16th–18th centuries, although classical and medieval treatments on the question of free choice will inevitably provide the background to much of the class material. Discussion will primarily center on primary source readings, although help from secondary literature will be absolutely essential.
Taught by Dr. Michael J. Lynch. Runs 6/1 – 8/7/20. You can view the syllabus for this course here. For more details, email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.