Reformed Thought on Freedom: The Concept of Free Choice in Early Modern Reformed Theology  -     By: Willem J. van Asselt
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Reformed Thought on Freedom: The Concept of Free Choice in Early Modern Reformed Theology

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Reformed Thought on Freedom begins with an introductory discussion of free choice and the Reformed tradition and then moves on to examine the concept of freedom in the work of six early modern Reformers: Girolamo Zanchi, Franciscus Junius, Franciscus Gomarus, Gisbertus Voetius, Francesco Turrettini, and Bernardinus de Moor. It fills a significant gap in Reformed knowledge by presenting sources in translation and commentary on works that are of major importance to the Protestant tradition but have been neglected for centuries.

This book makes a major contribution to historical scholarship on freedom and to contemporary debates over free choice, determinism, and divine middle knowledge. In recent debates on these subjects, Protestant and evangelical philosophers and theologians have argued about modern issues, but they have often misunderstood and dismissed the past-specifically, older Calvinism. This volume shows the philosophical sophistication of the older Calvinist or Reformed position, particularly its positive assessment of the issue of human free choice. The contributors demonstrate that traditional Calvinism cannot be easily dismissed as a form of philosophical determinism.

Reformed Thought on Freedom will be valued by Reformation scholars; professors and students in Reformation, Reformed theology, and historical theology courses; and research and theological libraries.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080103521X
ISBN-13: 9780801035210
Availability: In Stock
Series: Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought

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This book makes a major contribution to historical scholarship on the problem of free choice and to contemporary debates over determinism and divine foreknowledge of future events. It fills a significant gap in Reformed knowledge by presenting sources in translation and commentary on works of major importance to the Protestant tradition that have been neglected for centuries.

The book begins with an introductory discussion of free choice and the Reformed tradition and then moves on to examine the concept of freedom in the work of six early modern Reformers: Girolamo Zanchi, Franciscus Junius, Franciscus Gomarus, Gisbertus Voetius, Francesco Turrettini, and Bernardinus de Moor. It will be valued by all students of Reformed theology.

Author Bio

Willem J. van Asselt (PhD, University of Utrecht) is associate professor in the history of Reformed theology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and also professor at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven. He has written numerous articles and books on Reformed history, including The Federal Theology of Johannes Cocceius (1603-1669). J. Martin Bac (PhD, Protestant Theological University) teaches classical languages in the Netherlands and is the author of several scholarly articles. Roelf T. te Velde (PhD candidate, Theological University of the Reformed Churches [Liberated] at Kampen) is the author of several scholarly articles and serves as a minister in the Reformed Church (Liberated) of Pijnacker-Nootdorp.

Author Bio

Willem J. van Asselt (PhD, University of Utrecht) is associate professor in the history of Reformed theology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He has written several articles and books on Reformed history, including The Federal Theology of Johannes Cocceius (1603–1669).

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