Freedom of the Will
by Jonathan Edwards
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Having graduated from Yale at the mere age
of seventeen, Jonathan Edwards is ranked among America's
most pre-eminent philosopher-theologians. Edwards wrote
Freedom of the Will in 1754 while serving in Massachusetts as a
missionary to a native tribe of Housatonic Indians. In this text,
Edwards investigates the contrasting Calvinist and Arminian views about
free will, God's foreknowledge, determinism, and moral agency. As
Edwards attempts to resolve the contention surrounding these topics, he
relies on a variety of textual resources including the Bible and
philosophy works of enlightenment thinkers. This book can be challenging
due to Edwards' emphasis on philosophical reasoning, but Edwards strives
to educate his audience by frequently defining confusing terms and
explaining controversial passages in depth. Freedom of the Will
relevant to every Christian because it addresses difficult questions
about desire, choice, good, and evil.
CCEL Staff Writer