Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Free to choose?

Calvin's Institutes
Book Two - The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ
Chapter Two - Man deprived of freedom of choice & bound in servitude
Section 1 - Perils of this topic: point of view established
If we have no good in ourselves, we get apathetic about holiness.
If we credit ourselves with any good, we take glory from God.
We must aspire to a good we don't have, to a freedom beyond us.

Sections 2-3 - The philosophers on free will
They trust in the power of reason to control the will over desire.
The will follows either the rational or sensual.
Thus, they assert freedom of will over all. We obtain our own virtue.

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