Theology, Free Will, and the Skeptical Challenge from the Sciences

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Visala , A 2020 , ' Theology, Free Will, and the Skeptical Challenge from the Sciences ' , Theology and Science , vol. 18 , no. 3 , pp. 391-409 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14746700.2020.1786218

Title: Theology, Free Will, and the Skeptical Challenge from the Sciences
Author: Visala, Aku
Contributor organization: Systematic Theology
Mind and Matter
Date: 2020-07-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Theology and Science
ISSN: 1474-6700
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14746700.2020.1786218
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319243
Abstract: Given how central free will and moral responsibility are for theology, Christian theologians should not remain at the sidelines when scientists and philosophers debate recent empirical results about human agency. In this article, the core notion of free will is identified with the agent's cognitive ability to exert control over his or her actions thereby making moral responsibility possible. Then three scientifically inspired arguments for free will skepticism are outlined: the argument from eliminativism, the argument from determinism and the argument from epiphenomenalism. The remainder of the article explores novel responses to these arguments and draws some theological implications from them.
Subject: 614 Theology
Free will
theology
compatibilism
free will skepticism
Free will
theological anthropology
moral responsibility
the self
eliminativism
neuroscience
pluralism
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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