The Freedom of Christ and Explanatory Priority

Religious Studies 50 (2):157-173 (2014)
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Tim Pawl
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Abstract
Call the claim, common to many in the Christian intellectual tradition, that Christ, in virtue of his created human intellect, had certain, infallible, exhaustive foreknowledge the Foreknowledge Thesis. Now consider what I will call the Conditional: if the Foreknowledge Thesis is true, then Christ's created human will was not free. In so far as many, perhaps all, of the people who affirm the Foreknowledge Thesis also wish to affirm the freedom of Christ's human will, the truth of the Conditional would be most unwelcome to them. I consider an argument in support of the Conditional; I argue that it is not successful.
Keywords Foreknowledge  Freedom  Christology  Explanatory Priority
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DOI 10.1017/S0034412513000309
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