Ideas about human agency have been vitally important to Christian theology since its inception. Taking into account recent concerns in philosophy, this collection of thoughtful essays re-examines the notion of human agency from the perspective of the major traditions of Christian belief. In particular, the contributors explore the various ideas surrounding human agency as they relate to notions about divine sovereignty, free will, and evil. Comprehensive in scope and stimulating in subject matter, this volume will be of value to philosophers as well as scholars of religion.
F. Michael McLain is R.A. Webb Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. W. Mark Richardson is Associate Professor of Theology at General Theological Seminary, New York City.
chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Aquinas, Compatibilist chapter 3 Human Freedom and Divine Action: Libertarianism in St. Thomas Aquinas chapter 4 Predestination as a Condition of Freedom: Reconsidering the Reformation chapter 5 Kant, Luther, and Erasmus on the Freedom of the Will chapter 6 Freedom and Agency: Finite and Infinite chapter 7 Finite and Infinite Freedom in Farrer and von Balthasar chapter 8 The Supremely Free Agent chapter 9 A Look at Austin Farrer's Theory of Agency chapter 10 Experience and Agency chapter 11 Evil, Human Freedom, and Divine Grace chapter 12 Aquinas on the Sufferings of Job chapter 13 Must Job Live Forever? A Reply to Aquinas on Providence and Freedom, Evil, and Immortality chapter 14 Plato and Augustine on Doing Wrong Knowingly chapter 15 Index