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Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant theologian and a leading revivalist preacher during the Great Awakening. Edwards wrote Freedom of the Will in the 18th century while working as a missionary to a tribe of Housatonic Native Americans in Massachusetts. He carefully drew out the differences of thought between the Calvinist and Arminian theologies and sided with the Calvinist views on humanity's will. Edwards sought to understand God's foreknowledge and how it related to free will and the ability to choose between good and evil. Ultimately, he concluded that to find salvation we must accept God's grace and trust in what is good, which God has foreordained, and use our free will to seek it out in all our choices.
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By Lauren H. on 05-09-17
Theology matters. That's why my library is full of books like this one, Freedom of the Will. This book is for the Christian who wants to go deeper in understanding theology, and how we sometimes come to different conclusions, while still believing in the essentials. Because we are fallen, there are divisions and disagreements within Christ's Body as how to interpret the Word. I believe that Jonathan Edwards rightly handled the Scriptures, and did take the time to address different interpretations,such as Arminian theology vs Reformed theology.
Bob Souer once again, does what he does best. The accomplished and very talented narrator did not disappoint. His crisp, clear and thoughtful delivery was so nice to listen to, and made the book all the more enjoyable.
Five stars for this one!
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By Joshua J Heinz on 12-13-16
Overwhelming at times - not to the author's fault
Edwards was a brilliant man, with a vocabulary far surpassing the limitations of my own! haha This book was a bit over my head at times, I admit, but still I enjoyed it and was able to follow it more often than not!
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