A Scriptural Appraisal of the Necessary Connection between Progressive Sanctification and Compatibilist Freedom

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A Scriptural Appraisal of the Necessary Connection between Progressive Sanctification and Compatibilist Freedom

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Title: A Scriptural Appraisal of the Necessary Connection between Progressive Sanctification and Compatibilist Freedom
Author: Bossom, Christopher
Advisor: Allison, Gregg R.
Abstract: This dissertation proposes that a necessary connection exists between a

progressive model of sanctification and a compatibilist model of human freedom.

Chapter 1 presents the thesis, background, and methodology for the dissertation, giving

special interest to the way that compatibilism is uniquely qualified to accommodate the

necessary link between one's character and conduct intrinsic to a progressive model of

sanctification.

Chapter 2 defines and examines the two most widely held models of human

freedom: libertarianism and compatibilism. Compatibilism is shown to comport more

closely with Scripture and to solve many of the nagging philosophical problems

associated with a libertarian model of freedom.

Chapter 3 continues to build a foundation for the remaining chapters by

defining the three most widely held models of sanctification: Wesleyan perfectionism,

Keswick, and Augustinian or progressive sanctification. Here it is argued that Wesleyan

perfectionism and Keswick require a concomitant libertarian freedom, whereas an

Augustinian model of sanctification requires compatibilism.

Chapter 4 offers scriptural support for the connection between progressive

sanctification and compatibilist freedom. The central focus is on determining the biblical

author's intent and on laying the exegetical groundwork for the final chapter.

Chapter 5 argues for the necessary connection between progressive

sanctification and compatibilist freedom by questioning libertarian interpretations of the

texts examined in the previous chapter. Since it potentially bifurcates the scriptural

connection between one's character and conduct, libertarian freedom is shown to be a

poor candidate for the type of freedom necessitated by a progressive model of

sanctification.

I close, in Chapter 6, by calling Evangelicals to return to a common sense

understanding of the bounds of logic, scriptural fidelity to both God's gracious

sovereignty and man's genuine freedom, and a greater sense of mystery concerning the

nature of God.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3809
Date: 2010-05

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