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Can God Be Free? - William L. Rowe

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780198250456
Number Of Pages: 184

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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.

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"Can God be Free?--like Rowe's work in general--is clearly written and full of engaging arguments. Regardless of whether they agree with his conclusions, readers interested in philosophical theology in general, and the divine nature in particular, will find much of interest in this book."--Shannon
Murphy and Kevin Timpe, Philosophia Christi

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?

ISBN: 9780198250456
ISBN-10: 0198250452
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.45 x 14.43  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.35