predestination

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This idea was perhaps even more widely known in mediaeval Europe through Boethius, who uses it to argue that an infallible divine prescience does not have a necessary effect on events, and therefore does not preclude the existence of free will.
1044-7) is interestingly heterodox in the way it attempts to reconcile predestination with divine prescience.
He answers the question of why God creates those whom he knows will do evil and damn themselves by affirming the non-influence of divine prescience on man's actions.