Divine Freedom and Free Will Defenses
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013
© 2013 Trustees for Roman Catholic Purposes Registered
The Heythrop Journal
How to Cite
Franks, W. P. (2013), Divine Freedom and Free Will Defenses. The Heythrop Journal. doi: 10.1111/heyj.12075
- Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013
This paper considers a problem that arises for free will defenses when considering the nature of God's own will. If God is perfectly good and performs praiseworthy actions, but is unable to do evil, then why must humans have the ability to do evil in order to perform such actions? This problem has been addressed by Theodore Guleserian, but at the expense of denying God's essential goodness. I examine and critique his argument and provide a solution to the initial problem that does not require abandoning God's essential goodness.