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theological determinism

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


P hilosophy of religion A position initiated by St Augustine , holding that God is omnipotent and has determined everything that will occur. As a consequence, everything in this world depends on God for existence. In addition, God is omniscient and knows all truths from the beginning of time . All actions that men are going to perform are known by him in advance. One version also claims that because of God's absolute goodness , this world is the best possible world . Theological determinism faces major difficulties in reconciling God's foreknowledge with human self-determination and in reconciling God's goodness with the existence of evil. “Theological determinism argues that since God is omniscient, he knows everything, the future included.” Lucas, The Freedom of the Will ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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