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Active Persons and Alternative Possibilities (A.P.A.P)

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S.1 Cappadocian View of Personhood and Edwardsian Free Will

  1. A choice is said to be free if a person does what they want.
  2. The highest want is the efficient cause of the choice
  3. The highest want is determined by the nature
  4. Persons are not reducible to their nature (metaphysical distinction)
  5. Therefore the source of the efficient cause is not the person.
  6. Thus the nature is the true subject of the choice
  7. Persons are passive

S.2 Greek/Arian/Nestorian View of Personhood and Edwardsian Free Will

  1. A choice is said to be free if a person does what they want.
  2. The highest want is the efficient cause of the choice
  3. The highest want is determined by the nature
  4. Persons simply are their natures (conceptual distinction only)
  5. Therefore the source of the efficient cause is the person.
  6. Thus the person is the true subject of the choice
  7. Person is active

For Trinitarian theology to be true, there must be a distinction between person and nature (n/p). Nature is the what/essence. Person is the who/irreducible subjectivity present with a rational essence. A reality with the nature, which gives the nature it’s grounding in reality or concreteness. This is the Cappadocian position. On S.1 you have the nature/person distinction but a passive person. But then person cannot truly be called a subject. On S.2 you have a collapse of nature and person and but the person can be said to be active and still the subject. If the n/p distinction is to be up held, and agents are active, it must assume that these agents qua persons have inherent causal power to break away from the determined path of previous events. In other words the origination of motion in choice is not grounded in their essences but personhood. The free will of Active Persons and Alternative Possibilities. This type of free will is the libertarian kind, which requires alternative possibilities as real open options for the future. Or one could deny alternative possibility as necessary at all but that still doesn’t help the situation, Here for the good to be maximally great, it must depend on evil. God then either determines a world of evil by necessity of his nature, his glory depends on it, or he prefers it. Sure, one could hold to that. But so much for sovereign grace and God’s aseity.

Related Posts:

Free Will and Creation in Light of the Multiple Goods in God

Thinking Out Loud: Jonathan Edwards and the Necessity of Creation.

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