Volume 4, 1999
Philosophies of Religion, Art, and Creativity
Keith E. Yandell
God, Freedom, and Creation in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Ramanuja, Madhva, Augustine, Aquinas
Crossculturally, monotheistic traditions view God as occupying the apex of power, knowledge and goodness, and as enjoying independent existence. This conceptual context provides room for maneuvering concerning God’s nature (e.g., does God have logically necessary existence?) and God’s creatures (e.g., do created persons have libertarian freedom?). Logical consistency is always a constraint on such maneuvering. With that constraint in mind, our purpose here is to consider different conceptual maneuvers concerning God, created persons, and freedom (both human and divine) within Christian and Hindu Vedantic monotheism.