Agonizomai: Get Over Yourself

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Get Over Yourself

Philosophy and religion both discard at once the very thought of free will. And I will go as far as Martin Luther, in that strong assertion of his, where he says, “If any man does ascribe anything of salvation, even the very least, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace and he has not learnt Jesus Christ aright.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Sermon 52 - Free Will a Slave
Dec 2, 1855

Freedom is properly predicated of a person, not of a faculty.

R.L. Dabney
Systematic Theology
Chapter 7 - Free Agency and the Will

He that has the Liberty of doing according to his will, is the Agent who is possessed of the Will; and not the Will which he is possessed of. We say with propriety, that a bird let loose has power and liberty to fly; but not that the bird’s power of flying has a power and Liberty of flying. To be free is the property of an Agent, who is possessed of powers and faculties, as much as to be cunning, valiant, bountiful, or zealous. But these qualities are the properties of persons; and not the properties of properties.

The Freedom of the Will
Concerning the notion of Liberty, and of moral Agency
Jonathan Edwards


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