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 is relevant to every Christian because it addresses difficult questions about desire, choice, good, and evil.

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Jonathan Edwards
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: October 5, 1703, East Windsor, Connecticut
Died: March 22, 1758, New Jersey
Related topics: Biography, Congregational churches--Clergy, Congregational churches, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works
Basic information: Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a Christian preacher and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals. Edwards's theological work is broad in scope, but he is often associated with Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage.
Popular works: Select Sermons, Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume One, Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume Two, Freedom of the Will, Religious Affections

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