Book 2, Chapter 2, Sections 1-4 – Man Now Deprived of Human Will…

1. Connection of the previous with the four following chapters. In order to lay a proper foundation for the discussion of free will, two obstacles in the way to be removed—viz. sloth and pride. The basis and sum of the whole discussion. The solid structure of this basis, and a clear demonstration of it by the argument a majori ad minus. Also from the inconveniences and absurdities arising from the obstacle of pride.

2. The second part of the chapter containing the opinions of others. 1. The opinions of philosophers.

3. The labyrinths of philosophers. A summary of the opinion common to all the philosophers.

4. The opinions of others continued—viz. The opinions of the ancient theologians on the subject of free will. These composed partly of Philosophy and partly of Theology. Hence their falsehood, extravagance, perplexity, variety, and contradiction. Too great fondness for philosophy in the Church has obscured the knowledge of God and of ourselves. The better to explain the opinions of philosophers, a definition of Free Will given. Wide difference between this definition and these opinions.

 

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Chris

6 years ago

It’s back! Thank you!

Tom

6 years ago

As surely as these readings are done for the glory of God, just as surely will God bless both the reader and the hearers who hear with hearts open to the teaching of the Holy Spirit. No, the “Institutes” are not Holy Writ; they do, however, encapsulate and codify the doctrines of God’s Holy Word.

Praise God!

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