The Freedom of the Will
The most extensive, logical and Biblical treatment showing the true state of man’s will ever written, by America’s foremost scholar, Jonathan Edwards. This famous New England pastor and thinker of the 18th century meditated on these stirring subjects at great length; a reader will grasp how thoroughly he saw that these truths humble the pride of man and glorify God. While the title The Freedom of the Will may seem a contrast to Luther’s famous Bondage of the Will, these two books emphasize the same truth of man’s need for the grace of God to intervene and to change us from within before we can ever turn in saving faith to Christ.
If you’ve believed the American lie that man has a completely “free will”, think again, letting the greatest American theologian who ever lived show you the truth of the matter: we are slaves of sin who need deliverance by the grace of God.
Edwards wrote Freedom of the Will in the eighteenth 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.
About the Author
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) served the Northampton Congregational Church in Massachusetts for twenty-three years, then missionary outpost to the Mohawk and Mohican tribes. In 1758, he became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian,” and one of America’s greatest intellectuals.