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Baker Academic Reformed Thought on Freedom: The Concept of Free Choice in Early Modern Reformed Theology

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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