Free to Be Sons of God

Free to Be Sons of God

by Geoff M. Ziegler


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629954059
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Geoff Ziegler (BDiv, Moore Theological College; PhD, Wheaton College) is senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Series Introduction ix

Foreword Michael Allen xi

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xvii

1 Introduction 1

Historical Context

Roman Catholic Response to Freedom as Autonomy

Protestant Responses

The Project of This Dissertation

2 Freedom in Mill's Naturalistic Liberalism 27

Negative Freedom and Autonomy in Mill

Autonomy and Utility

Mills Teleology Autonomy and the Telos of Humanity

Liberty, Paternalism, and Christianity


3 Freedom and Sonship in the Old Testament 77

Introduction to Biblical Analysis

Introduction to Old Testament Analysis

Slavery and Freedom in the ANE

The Exodus

Freedom in the Partial Realization of Sonship

The Inability to be Sons

4 Freedom and Sonship in the Pauline Epistles 146


Servitude in an Age Alienated from God

Redemption from Slavery into Freedom

Freedom of Sonship


5 Freedom and Sonship in the Johannine Writings 186


The Enslavement of Humanity

The Perfect Freedom of Jesus

Jesus Brings Freedom


6 John Calvin, Adoption, and Freedom 218


Freedom and the Filial Metaphor in Calvin

Created Sons

Fallen Sons

Covenantal Sons

The Divinely Human Son

Spiritual Sons

Implications of a Filial View of Freedom

7 Conclusion 279

The Christian Conception of Freedom as Sonship

Freedom as Sonship vs. Freedom as Autonomy


Bibliography 295

Index of Scripture 321

Index of Subjects and Names 325

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