Can God Be Free? is a penetrating study of a central problem in philosophy of religion: can it be right to regard God as free, and as praiseworthy for being perfectly good? Allowing that he has perfect knowledge and perfect goodness, if there is a best world for God to create he would have no choice other than to create it. But if God could not do otherwise than create the best world, he created the world of necessity, not freely, and we have no reason to be thankful to God for creating us, since he couldn't do otherwise. William Rowe proposes the need for some substantial revision in contemporary thinking about the nature of God.
What sets Can God Be Free? apart, however, is the clarity of the writing and the sustained elegance of its arguments. Rowe has written a book that may be enjoyed not only by philosophers in and outside his field, but also by the interested lay reader. It is rare to fine a work so accessible, so free of unnecessarily obscure terminology, and with no sacrifice of rigour. ...fine and exceptionally well-written... Tamler Sommers, TLS Rowe writes in a clear, accessible style on important topics. Patrick Richmond, Themelios
1: Leibniz on Divine Perfection and Freedom
2: Clarke on Divine Perfection and Freedom
3: Aquinas on the Infinity of Worlds
4: Jonathan Edwards on Divine and Human Freedom
5: Must God create the best world?
6: Divine Perfection and Freedom: The Contemporary Debate
7: Can God be the cause of his own nature?
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6
Weight (kg): 0.35