Free will is a perennial theological and philosophical topic. As a central dogmatic locus, it is implicated in discussions around core Christian doctrines such as grace, salvation, sin, providence, evil, and predestination. This book offers a state-of-the-art look at recent debates about free will in analytic and philosophical theology. The chapters revolve around three central themes: the debate between theological compatibilists and libertarians, the communal nature of Christian freedom, and the role of free will in Christology. With contributions by leading scholars, the volume provides a valuable overview of current arguments as well as novel openings and ideas for further discussion.

chapter 1|24 pages


Free Will in Philosophical Theology
ByAku Visala

part I|88 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Why Christians Should (Still) Be Compatibilists

ByJesse Couenhoven

chapter 3|28 pages

Weighing Compatibilism and Libertarianism in Analytic Theology

ByKevin Timpe

chapter 4|12 pages

Can an Unfree Person Have a “Deep Self?”

ByLeigh Vicens

chapter 5|17 pages

The Semantic Case Against Open Theism and Experimental Philosophy

ByFerhat Yöney

chapter 6|9 pages

Freedom, Even If God Decrees It

ByJames Dominic Rooney

part II|72 pages


chapter 7|21 pages

Free Together

On Christian Freedom and Group Ontology
ByD. T. Everhart

chapter 8|16 pages

Free Will, Cognitive Biases, and Theology

BySimon Kittle

chapter 10|14 pages

A Theological Three-Body Problem

Why Lutherans Are Bound to Struggle With Free Will?
ByOlli-Pekka Vainio

part III|29 pages


chapter 11|16 pages

Another Look at the Final Temptation of Christ

ByDavid Worsley

chapter 12|11 pages

The Impeccable Freedom of Christ

ByJohannes Grössl