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The eternal and effective purpose of God guides his entire agency in time and extends itself over all things in past, present, and future. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which explores and assesses the place of divine will within Reformed thought in order to develop an actual systematic position. Therefore, the main research questions are: (1) what is the systematic place of divine will within Reformed scholasticism; (2) is the Reformed position consistent and relevant; (3) how can we articulate the will of God in an actual systematic theological position. The book focuses on the four major debates of Reformed scholasticism in order to trace the implications of the Reformed model of divine agency. It aims at systematic explanation of the will of God, but also involves theological-historical enquiry of early modern thought. The chapter also highlights the content available in other chapters of the book.

Keywords: divine agency; Reformed scholasticism; will of God



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