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Freedom of the Will

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"Freedom of the Will" by Jonathan Edwards is a profound and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of free will and moral responsibility. Edwards presents a compelling argument for the belief in determinism, asserting that human actions are governed by a divine will rather than individual choice.

The author's writing is articulate and logical, making complex philosophical ideas accessible to readers. Edwards skillfully navigates through theological debates, offering a comprehensive examination of the implications of free will on issues such as sin, salvation, and divine justice.

While some may find Edwards' Calvinistic viewpoint challenging, his insights provide valuable perspectives on the nature of human agency and the sovereignty of God. Overall, "Freedom of the Will" is a challenging yet rewarding read for those interested in grappling with deep philosophical questions about the nature of freedom and moral responsibility.

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As religion is the great business, for which we are created, and on which our happiness depends; and as religion consists in an intercourse between ourselves and our Maker; and so has its foundation in God's nature and ours, and in the relation that God and we stand in to each other; therefore a true knowledge of both must be needful in order to true religion. But the knowledge of ourselves consists chiefly in right apprehensions concerning those two chief faculties of our nature, the Understanding and Will. Both are very important: yet the science of the latter must be confessed to be of greatest moment; inasmuch as all virtue and religion have their seat more immediately in the will, consisting more especially in right acts and habits of this faculty. And the grand question about the Freedom of the Will, is the main point that belongs to the science of the Will. Therefore I say, the importance of this subject greatly demands the attention of Christians, and especially of Divines. - Summary from the preface

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