Freedom of the Will

Freedom of the Will

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One of America's preeminent philosophical theologians, Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) was a central figure in New England's first Great Awakening. Famed for his stirring sermons, Edwards remains a significant influence on modern religion, and this in-depth analysis of Calvinist beliefs represents his most important contribution to Christian thought.
Romans 9:16 ("It is not of him that willeth") serves as the text for Edwards' examination of the nature and state of man's will. Written in 1754 while the author served as a missionary to Native Americans, this polemic raises timeless questions about desire, choice, good, and evil. Edwards contrasts the opposing Calvinist and Arminian views of free will and addresses issues related to God's foreknowledge, determinism, and moral agency. His copious quotations from scripture, along with citations from the works of Enlightenment thinkers, support a thought-provoking exploration of mankind's fallen state and the search for salvation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 15.24mm | 294.84g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486489205
  • 9780486489209
  • 102,358

Table of contents

Part 1. Wherein are explained and stated various terms and things belonging to the subject of the ensuing discourse Part 2. Wherein it is considered whether there is or can be any sort of freedom of will, as that wherein Arminians place the essence of the liberty of all moral agents; and whether asny such thing ever was or can be conceived of. Part 3.Wherein is inquired whether any such liberty of will as Arminians hold, be necessary to moral agency, virtue, praise, and dispraise, etc. Part 4. Wherin the chief grounds of the reasoning of Arminians, in support and defense of the aforementioned notions of liberty, moral agency, etc., and against the opposite doctrine, are considered. Conclusion
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About Jonathan Edwards

Colonial-era preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) was a prolific author whose eloquent works inspired countless missionaries. He is the author of Dover's Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Other Puritan Sermons.
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