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Christian views on human nature
*we have free will
*how do you –know- you have a choice?
*physical body, separate spiritual soul
*impulses are dangerous
*superior to the body, exercises control over it
*free will-control over our actions and impulses
*if someone doesn’t have control over their actions, we do not consider them morally responsible
*if God didn’t give us free will, then we couldn’t be held morally responsible and judged
*free will is what makes us human
Augustine-we need God’s help in order to be good
*moral responsibility: credit, blame
*God gets credit for the good, humans get blame for the bad
*free will-God gave you power to ask for help
Luther*free will-freedom to believe in God or not
*works don’t mean anything, only whether or not we believe in God
*but if we do believe in God, we will also do the good works
*belief, not actions, are the source of being good with God
*works-all about controlling our bad bodily impulses
*body is bad, drives are bad
*soul is important because that’s the part made in God’s image
*”truth cannot conflict with truth”-reason cannot conflict with faith ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2011 for the course PHIL Philosophy taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Oglethorpe.
- Spring '11