The Decision of Faith: Can Christian Beliefs Be Freely Chosen?

(Paperback - Dec 2005)
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Christian theologians have historically described a 'saving faith in God' as containing a fundamental element of 'belief'. However, philosophers present strong arguments exist that we are not capable of freely deciding which beliefs we will hold. Rather, we simply find ourselves believing things as the evidence before us seems to dictate. So, if belief is indeed involuntary, and if certain beliefs are requisite for Christian faith, then how can the matter of one's salvation rest on whether one has freely put one's faith in God? After explaining this objection to the Christian affirmation that faith is a voluntary matter for which God will hold all people morally accountable, this study in philosophical theology explores how the Christian theist might respond to this objection. Kevin Kinghorn uses experimental studies within the psychological literature on self-deception to make sense of the Christian idea of 'spiritual blindness';


  • SKU: 9780567030689
  • SKU10: 0567030687
  • Title: The Decision of Faith: Can Christian Beliefs Be Freely Chosen?
  • Publisher: T. & T. Clark Publishers
  • Date Published: Dec 2005
  • Pages: 205
  • Weight lbs: 0.55
  • Dimensions: 8.40" L x 5.40" W x 0.60" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Index, Bibliography
  • Category: CHURCH LIFE
  • Subject: Christian Rituals & Practice - General