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Will There Be Free Will in Heaven?

Due William J La

Will There Be Free Will in Heaven?

Due William J La

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Just before Christmas 1999, various prominent public figures, teachers, clergymen and others received a set of ten religious questions from the BBC's Today programme. All were predictable save one* Will there be free will in heaven? This book addresses this important question.;Simon Gaine sets out the arguments of two modern philosophers, one who concludes that heaven is undesirable because it excludes freedom by excluding the possibility of sin (Wall), and the other who responds that an orthodox notion of heaven in fact implies the real possibility of sin (Donnelly). He shows how such modern concerns have arisen against the background of theologians such as Suarez, who limits freedom in the face of heavenly impeccability, and asks whether a high value placed on freedom can be successfully combined with heavenly impeccability.;He then goes on to investigate the theories of Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, two theologians who hold a high view of freedom in general as well as heavenly impeccability, but they are found wanting. Gaine then introduces an alternative conception of freedom through an account of Servais Pinckaers' connection of two different ideas of freedom (indifference and excellence) with two different moral theologies. He applies these two conceptions to eschatology.He concludes that the most pleasing theory combines freedom for excellence and an intrinsic theory of impeccability develops this suggestion by drawing on and developing some ideas found in Thomas Aquinas.

- Publisher In this text, Simon Francis Gaine gives a clear account of a classic theological and philosophical question, discussed in a modern context and bringing out its contemporary relevance.

- Publisher "In this book Simon Gaine unfolds the contemporary relevance of a classic theological and philosophical question." "He sets out the arguments of two contemporary philosophers, one who supposes that heaven is undesirable because it excludes freedom by denying the possibility of sin (Wall), and the other who contends that an orthodox notion of heaven in fact implies the possibility of sin (Donnelly)." "Showing how such modern concerns have arisen against the background of theologians such as Suarez, who limit freedom in the face of heavenly impeccability, he considers whether a high value placed on freedom can be combined successfully with heavenly impeccability. He investigates the theories of Duns Scotus and William of Ockham whose views held such possibilities, but finds them wanting." "Gaine then introduces an alternative conception of freedom through an account of Pinckaers's connection of two different ideas of freedom ('indifference' and 'excellence') with two different moral theologies. He applies these conceptions to eschatology, showing how two different ideas of freedom have been combined variously by theologians with two different theories of heavenly impeccability ('extrinsic' and 'intrinsic')." "He concludes that the most pleasing theory combines freedom for excellence and an intrinsic theory of impeccability, and augments this suggestion by drawing on and developing some ideas found in Thomas Aquinas."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Just before Christmas 1999, various prominent public figures, teachers, clergymen and others received a set of ten religious questions from the BBC's Today programme. All were predictable save one* Will there be free will in heaven? This book addresses this important question.;Simon Gaine sets out the arguments of two modern philosophers, one who concludes that heaven is undesirable because it excludes freedom by excluding the possibility of sin (Wall), and the other who responds that an orthodox notion of heaven in fact implies the real possibility of sin (Donnelly). He shows how such modern concerns have arisen against the background of theologians such as Suarez, who limits freedom in the face of heavenly impeccability, and asks whether a high value placed on freedom can be successfully combined with heavenly impeccability.;He then goes on to investigate the theories of Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, two theologians who hold a high view of freedom in general as well as heavenly impeccability, but they are found wanting. Gaine then introduces an alternative conception of freedom through an account of Servais Pinckaers' connection of two different ideas of freedom (indifference and excellence) with two different moral theologies. He applies these two conceptions to eschatology.He concludes that the most pleasing theory combines freedom for excellence and an intrinsic theory of impeccability develops this suggestion by drawing on and developing some ideas found in Thomas Aquinas.
- Publisher

In this text, Simon Francis Gaine gives a clear account of a classic theological and philosophical question, discussed in a modern context and bringing out its contemporary relevance.
- Publisher

"In this book Simon Gaine unfolds the contemporary relevance of a classic theological and philosophical question." "He sets out the arguments of two contemporary philosophers, one who supposes that heaven is undesirable because it excludes freedom by denying the possibility of sin (Wall), and the other who contends that an orthodox notion of heaven in fact implies the possibility of sin (Donnelly)." "Showing how such modern concerns have arisen against the background of theologians such as Suarez, who limit freedom in the face of heavenly impeccability, he considers whether a high value placed on freedom can be combined successfully with heavenly impeccability. He investigates the theories of Duns Scotus and William of Ockham whose views held such possibilities, but finds them wanting." "Gaine then introduces an alternative conception of freedom through an account of Pinckaers's connection of two different ideas of freedom ('indifference' and 'excellence') with two different moral theologies. He applies these conceptions to eschatology, showing how two different ideas of freedom have been combined variously by theologians with two different theories of heavenly impeccability ('extrinsic' and 'intrinsic')." "He concludes that the most pleasing theory combines freedom for excellence and an intrinsic theory of impeccability, and augments this suggestion by drawing on and developing some ideas found in Thomas Aquinas."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Meet the Author

Due William J La

La Due received a licentiate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in canon law from the Lateran University. He taught canon law at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Table Of Contents

  • 'will There Be Free Will In Heaven?'; Freedom, Necessity, And The Voluntary: Francisco Suarez; Freedom, Infinite And Finite - Duns Scotus; Beatitude, Perpetuity And Impeccability - Duns Scotus; Fruition, Freedom And Indifference - William Of Ockham; Two Freedoms, Two Moral Systems; Two Freedoms, Two Eschatologies?; There Will Be Free Will In Heaven.

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  • Catalogue Code 205534
  • Product Code 0567089509
  • EAN 9780567089502
  • Pages 128
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Jun 2003
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.389kg

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