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By Katherin Rogers

Can people be loose and accountable if there's a God? Anselm of Canterbury, the 1st Christian thinker to suggest that humans have a truly powerful unfastened will, deals plausible solutions to questions that have plagued spiritual humans for a minimum of thousand years: If divine grace can't be merited and is critical to save lots of fallen humanity, how can there be any decisive position for person loose option to play? If God is familiar with this day what you will pick out the next day to come, then while the next day comes you might want to pick out what God foreknew, so how can your selection be unfastened? If people should have the choice to select from strong and evil so that it will be morally accountable, needs to God have the ability to pick out evil? Anselm solutions those questions with a cosmopolitan concept of unfastened will which defends either human freedom and the sovereignty and goodness of God.

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1, ad. 3; see also SCG 1:68). Recently Hugh McCann has proposed a view something like this, insisting that God is not blameworthy for the evil choices He causes in his created agents; ‘Divine Sovereignty and the Freedom of the Will’, Faith and Philosophy 12 (1995), 582–9 and ‘Sovereignty and Freedom: A Reply to Rowe’, Faith and Philosophy 18 (2001), 110–16. I offer a criticism in ‘Does God Cause Sin? Anselm of Canterbury versus Jonathan Edwards on Human Freedom and Divine Sovereignty’, Faith and Philosophy 20 (2003), 371–8.

2. 3. 26. 31. The analysis of wrongdoing in this early work owes much to the influence of platonism. See William Babcock, ‘Augustine on Sin and Moral Agency’, The Journal of Religious Ethics 16 (1988), 40–56, see p. 34. To my knowledge it is not standard to argue that Plato, or his ancient and classical followers, accepted a libertarian view of freedom. The Platonic image of wrongdoing seems to be consistently that the soul is dragged downwards by its desires for lower things. 51. ³⁶ In Acta contra Fortunatum Manicheum, written in 392, the example of the unfree act is being forced to do something when tightly bound.

In the book he was writing at his death, Opus imperfectum contra Julianum, Augustine clearly expresses the interaction of divine will and human agency, at least good human agency, through an analogy with primary and secondary causality, implying that created free willing is what I have called ‘secondary’ agency. ‘And if God produces a good will in a human being, He does it so that the good will comes from the one whose will it is, just as He works so that a human being comes to be through another human being.

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