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by Kevin Timpe, Daniel Speak
Concerns both about the nature of free will and about the credibility of theistic belief and commitment have long preoccupied philosophers. In addition, there can be no denying that the history of philosophical inquiry into these two issues has been dynamic and, at least to some degree, integrated.
In a great many cases, classical treatments of one have influenced classical treatments of the other--and in a variety of ways. Without pretending to be able to trace all the historical integrations of these treatments, there is no real question that these philosophical interrelations exist and are worthy of further exploration. In addition, contemporary discussions contain more than a few hints of suspicion that theistic belief is adversely affecting the purity of inquiry into contours of human free will.
Nevertheless, until now there has been no volume systematically exploring the relationship between religious beliefs and various accounts of free will in the contemporary domain. With a particular eye on how the former might be--either legitimately or illegitimately--affecting the latter, this collection fills an important gap in the current debate. Here, sixteen leading philosophers focus their attention on a crucial point of intellectual intersection, with surprising and illuminating results.
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On the shoulders of giants
Peter Kreeft '59, Distinguished Alumni Award honoree
Spark, December 01, 2016
Calvin student guides urban planning effort in Appleton
Second year student Noah Schumerth's committed to finding a solution to Appleton’s zoning code that would best meet the demands of its residents.
News & Stories, November 17, 2016
Kevin Timpe begins as Jellema Chair
Kevin Timpe is the first full-time holder of The William Harry Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy, which honors Calvin's first philosophy professor W.H. Jellema.
News & Stories, November 8, 2016
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News & Stories, October 18, 2016
Uniting Illinois with talk show education and conversation
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News & Stories, July 25, 2016
Fulbright scholar to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier ’16 will travel to Austria to explore the journeys of refugee families
Spark, June 15, 2016
Department writing prizes announced for 2016
Calvin congratulates the winners of departmental writing prizes.
News & Stories, May 23, 2016
Fulbright student to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier will be heading to Austria in September 2016 to explore the journeys of a half dozen refugee families.
News & Stories, May 10, 2016
High expectations for Handlon
The recently accredited Calvin Prison Initiative offers a bachelor of arts degree in ministry leadership to 20 inmates each year.
News & Stories, February 17, 2016
CALL program empowers seniors to continue their education
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Jellema Lecture - Test of Character: How Good (or Bad) Are We?
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Wed, March 8, 2017
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Jellema Lecture - "Test of Character: Improving Our Character"
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Thu, March 9, 2017
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Our Civil Actions: How Do We Move From Awareness to Activism?
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Mon, April 3, 2017
Animals/Kingdom of God 10th Anniversary
10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tue, April 4, 2017