Christensen explains two views that acknowledge God’s sovereignty and its relation to human responsibility: compatibilism and libertarianism. Providing cogent, biblical answers, Christensen argues for compatibilism and shows how it makes sense of evil, suffering, prayer, evangelism, and sanctification. You will gain a deeper understanding of both arguments, as well as a greater appreciation for the significant role that choices play in God’s work.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by D.A. Carson
Introduction: The Free-Will Problem
1. A Road Map for Libertarianism
2. Assessing the Whys of Libertarianism
3. How Big Is Your God?
4. A Road Map for Compatibilism
5. A Dual Explanation for Why Good Stuff Happens
6. A Dual Explanation for Why Bad Stuff Happens
7. To Be Free or Not to Be Free
8. Why We Do the Things We Do
9. A Tale of Two Natures
10. Exploring Corridors
11. Navigating the New Nature
12. Absolute Freedom
Appendix 1: Comparing Libertarian and Compatibilist Beliefs on Free Agency
Appendix 2: A Review of Randy Alcorn’s Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice
Scott Christensen (MDiv, The Master's Seminary) worked for six years at the award-winning CCY Architects in Aspen, Colorado: several of his home designs were featured in Architectural Digest magazine. Called out of this work to the ministry, he graduated with honors from seminary and now pastors Summit Lake Community Church in Mancos, Colorado.
“A clear, intelligent, immensely helpful overview of one of the most confusing conundrums in all of theology. . . . Scott Christensen doesn’t sidestep the hard questions. The answers he gives are thoughtful, biblical, satisfying, and refresh- ingly coherent. Lay readers and seasoned theologians alike will treasure this work.” — John F. MacArthur, Grace Community Church
“Careful in description and argument . . . eminently readable. . . . Most important of all, this book breathes a spirit of wonder and gratitude before the face of a God who is not only all-powerful but good.” — Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California
“Many think that free will is the silver-bullet answer to some of theology’s most difficult questions. But do we have a free will? Short answer: it depends on what you mean by ‘free.’ Long answer: read this book.” — Andrew Naselli, Bethlehem College and Seminary