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Anselm on Freedom$
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Katherin Rogers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231676.001.0001

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The Freedom of God

The Freedom of God

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(p.185) 10 The Freedom of God
Source:
Anselm on Freedom
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Katherin A. Rogers (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231676.003.0011

Unlike created freedom, divine freedom does not require open options. God exists absolutely independently and so choose with complete aseity. God has neither morally significant freedom nor, contrary to the view of Thomas Aquinas, does He has freedom of indifference. He inevitably does the best He can do. Ours in not the best possible world, only because God has made agents who are genuinely free to do wrong. Ours is, however, the best actualizable world, in spite of the evil and suffering.

Keywords:   divine freedom, Thomas Aquinas, freedom of indifference, best possible world, best actualizable world, evil, suffering

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