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Analytical Outline of Freedom of the Will

Terminology: Will: that by which the mind chooses anything (1.1). Act of will: act of choosing.  JE identifies volition with the prevailing act of the soul; what other writers call “voluntary.” Determined: under some influence to a fixed object. Thesis: … Continue reading

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Edwards, Freedom of Will Part 3

Part III: Is Liberty inconsistent with moral excellency? The Arminian objects that anything that is necessary cannot be morally praiseworthy. God’s nature and moral excellency are necessary but that doesn’t preclude His being praiseworthy. Indeed, it is commanded. On the … Continue reading

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Edwards, Freedom of Will Part Two

“Part” corresponds more or less to chapter.  The outline headings are Edwards’ own sections.  The subheadings are major quotations or summaries. Part 2: Is there a such thing as Arminian Liberty? Inconsistency If the Will determines all its free acts, … Continue reading

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Outline of Edwards on Freedom of Will, part 1

Terminology: Will: that by which the mind chooses anything (1.1). Act of will: act of choosing.  JE identifies volition with the prevailing act of the soul; what other writers call “voluntary.” Determined: under some influence to a fixed object. Thesis: … Continue reading

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Edwards on free will, in a nutshell

This is taken from Perry Miller’s exposition.  I will place letters (a, b…z) throughout the paragraph to better order the argument.  They are not original to Miller. If the will determines its own act [per Arminianism], there must always be … Continue reading

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Notes on person and will

The Two Energies of Christ Person operates by will. Will is a property of nature and energy is operation proper to that nature. So in Christ Incarnate there are two will and two operations proper to each nature, but the divine … Continue reading

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Augustine, Spirit and the Letter

Initial argument: to respond to Pelagius’s claim that one can live a sinless life. Other topics addressed: justification by free grace, spiritual interpretation, the nature of human willing and choosing. Observations:  There are many important topics in this book, yet … Continue reading

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