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Muller on Edwards and Freedom of Will

Richard Muller, P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, gave a fascinating inaugural lecture in the “New Directions in Edwards Studies” series. The lecture was titled “Jonathan Edwards and the Absence of Free Choice: A Parting of Ways in the Reformed Tradition.” The overall focus was on the British reception of Edwards’ theology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of the lecture’s more provocative conclusions is that Edwards’ theology of the will departed significantly from the early Reformed tradition.

Scholars may be interested in a new book that overlaps with Dr. Muller’s lecture: Willem J. van Asselt, J. Martin Bac, and Roelf T. te Velde, Reformed Thought on Freedom: The Concept of Free Choice in Early Modern Reformed Theology (Baker Academic, 2010).

Others will want to wrestle further with the full implications of Muller’s stimulating argument. A free audio recording of this lecture will be available soon.