Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

There are many people whose support was invaluable throughout the research and writing process for this book. Above all, I am grateful to my wife, whose love and encouragement made this work possible. And I owe a massive debt of gratitude to Dr. William Abraham, who introduced me to...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

The following study concerns the nature of divine providence and creaturely freedom. This topic has been the subject of wide-ranging, sometimes rancorous debate throughout the Christian tradition, starting with Paul’s writings in the New Testament. A basic way of formulating...

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1. Molina and the Battle over Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom

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pp. 7-48

A quarter-century after the council of Trent, a Spanish Jesuit named Luis de Molina, a professor at Portugal’s University of Evora, joined the long-standing debate regarding the relationship between grace and free will, God’s knowledge and creative action, as well as the relationship...

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2. The Concord of Grace and Free Will

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pp. 49-84

This chapter will consist primarily of an examination of Thomas Aquinas’s understanding of the natures and the relationship between the divine and creaturely will. There are a variety of relevant questions and loci here. The focus of the discussion will be on a few central questions...

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3. Anti-Molinism

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pp. 85-112

Molina’s theory of providence has attracted more than a few critics. Several of them voiced their concerns not long after his work was first circulated. Many other objections have emerged in the last fifty years, as several Christian philosophers turned to Molinism in response...

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4. Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and the Problem of Evil

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pp. 113-144

This chapter will bring Molina’s thought on providence into constructive engagement with the work of Austin Farrer and a few other recent defenders of libertarian agent causality, and thus demonstrate the following two basic points. First, it will explore and defend some recent work...

Notes

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pp. 145-166

Works Cited

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pp. 167-174

Index

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pp. 175-176