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By Katherin Rogers

Can people be loose and accountable if there's a God? Anselm of Canterbury, the 1st Christian thinker to suggest that humans have a very strong loose will, deals doable solutions to questions that have plagued spiritual humans for a minimum of thousand years: If divine grace can't be merited and is important to save lots of fallen humanity, how can there be any decisive position for person unfastened option to play? If God is aware this day what you'll select the next day to come, then while the next day comes you should pick out what God foreknew, so how can your selection be loose? If humans should have the choice to choose from solid and evil to be able to be morally dependable, needs to God manage to select evil? Anselm solutions those questions with a cosmopolitan conception of loose will which defends either human freedom and the sovereignty and goodness of God.

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As such it is, in itself, both known and caused by God. But Anselm dismisses the problem in a quick sentence in which he follows Boethius. ²⁶ Anselm does not directly address the question of the suffering of human beings who, because of age or incompetence, do not have the resources to follow Boethius’s advice of turning apparently bad fortune to some good purpose. II p. 258, ll. 26–7. Anselm’s Classical Theism 27 that human agents ought to permit or possibly even promote suffering. But Anselm, unlike his predecessors, has the resources to respond to these difficult questions, in that, as a libertarian, he can mount a full-fledged free will defense.

Still he holds that the will is free and the choice is voluntary so long as it is able to effect what it wants. ⁷ And moral responsibility accrues to the will so long as it is free. Augustine attributes to the human agent what I call ‘secondary agency’. True, the created will has causal efficacy, but it is a per aliud agency on the analogy of secondary causation in general. A secondary cause is what it is and does what it does because it is immediately willed to be and do by God. True, the fire burns the cotton, but on a different, and more fundamental, ontological level God causes the fire burning the cotton.

It is in De Veritate that he defines the term ‘justice’ which will play a crucial role in the definition of free choice. He himself asked that this treatise be bound together with his two other main treatises on freedom, De libertate arbitrii and De casu diaboli, in that order. In De Veritate Anselm argues that in so far as a thing does its job, or fulfills its purpose, it has a truth or rightness. And for a creature to fulfill its purpose is to conform to its exemplary idea in the mind of God, an idea which is in turn an expression of the Word or Second Person of the Trinity.

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