1st Edition

Theological Perspectives on Free Will Compatibility, Christology, and Community

Edited By Aku Visala, Olli-Pekka Vainio Copyright 2024

    Free will is a perennial theological and philosophical topic. As a central dogmatic locus, it is implicated in discussions around core Christian doctrines such as grace, salvation, sin, providence, evil, and predestination. This book offers a state-of-the-art look at recent debates about free will in analytic and philosophical theology. The chapters revolve around three central themes: the debate between theological compatibilists and libertarians, the communal nature of Christian freedom, and the role of free will in Christology. With contributions by leading scholars, the volume provides a valuable overview of current arguments as well as novel openings and ideas for further discussion.

    List of contributors

    1 Introduction: Free Will and Philosophical Theology

    Aku Visala

    PART I: Compatibility

    2 Why Christians Should (Still) Be Compatibilists

    Jesse Couenhoven

    3 Weighing Compatibilism and Libertarianism in Analytic Theology

    Kevin Timpe

    4 Can an Unfree Person Have a "Deep Self"?

    Leigh Vicens

    5 The Semantic Case Against Open Theism and Experimental Philosophy

    Ferhat Yöney

    6 Freedom, Even If God Decrees It

    Fr. James Dominic Rooney, Op

    PART II: Community

    7 Free Together: On Christian Freedom and Group Ontology

    D. T. Everhart

    8 Free Will, Cognitive Biases, and Theology

    Simon Kittle

    9 Bound Choice and the Mystery of Eternal Punishment – A Trilemma for Monergistic Accounts of Grace

    Aku Visala

    10 A Theological Three-Body Problem: Why Lutherans Are Bound to Struggle With Free Will?

    Olli-Pekka Vainio

    PART III: Christology

    11 Another Look at the Final Temptation of Christ

    David Worsley

    12 The Impeccable Freedom of Christ

    Johannes Grössl


    Aku Visala is Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

    Olli-Pekka Vainio is University Lecturer of Systematic Theology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.