Monday, February 20, 2012

Free Will (2)

The Early Fathers on Free will

"All the creatures that God made, He made very good. And He gave to every individual the sense of free will, by which standard He also instituted the law of judgment.... And certainly whoever will, may keep the commandments. Whoever despises them and turns aside to what is contrary to them, shall yet without doubt have to face this law of judgment.... There can be no doubt that every individual, in using his own proper power of will, may shape his course in whatever direction he pleases."(Archelaus (250-300) Disputation With Manes sees. 32, 33)

 "Those [pagans] who decide that man does not have free will, but say that he is governed by the unavoidable necessities of fate, are guilty of impiety toward God Himself, making Him out to be the cause and author of human evils. "(Methodius (260-315) The Banquet of the Ten Virgins discourse 8, chap. 16)

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