Wat God wil volvoert Hij | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



Supported by the doctrine of the divine will, , as God’s preparation of people for faith and eternal life, is seen by Augustine in its (final) effect: people factually being ready to accept faith. In this life many people show that they do not become - or do not remain - ready in this sense; hence, God dit not them. Yet, this does not necessarily presuppose that God did not them grace. On the other hand, people who do believe, are predestined; but that does not necessarily presuppose that their to God’s offer was not required. Augustine’s thoughts are to reject two kinds of determinism (there is an offering of grace but no freedom of consent, and: there is freedom but no offering to consent to).


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