The freedom of the will by Jonathan Edwards

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A Careful And Strict Inquiry Into The Prevailing Notions Of The Freedom Of Will.

  1. Preface.
  2. Part 1Wherein are explained and stated various Terms and things belonging to the subject of the ensuing Discourse.
    1. Section 1 Concerning the Nature of the Will
    2. Section 2 Concerning the Determination of the Will.
    3. Section 3 Concerning the meaning of the terms, Necessity, Impossibility, Inability, &c. and of Contingence.
    4. Section 4 Of the distinction of natural and moral Necessity, and Inability.
    5. Section 5Concerning the notion of Liberty, and of moral Agency.
  3. Part 2Wherein it is considered, whether there is or can be any such sort of Freedom of Will, as that wherein Arminians place the essence of the Liberty of all Moral Agents; and whether any such thing ever was or can be conceived of.
    1. Section 1 Showing the manifest inconsistence of the Arminian notion of Liberty of Will, consisting in the Will’s self-determining Power.
    2. Section 2 Several supposed ways of evading the foregoing reasoning, considered.
    3. Section 3 Whether any Event whatsoever, and Volition in particular, can come to pass without a Cause of its existence.
    4. Section 4 Whether Volition can arise without a Cause, through the activity of the nature of the soul.
    5. Section 5 Showing, that if the things asserted in these Evasions should be supposed to be true, they are altogether impertinent, and cannot help the cause of Arminian Liberty; and how, this being the state of the case, Arminian writers are obliged to talk inconsistently.
    6. Section 6 Concerning the Will determining in things which are perfectly indifferent in the view of the mind.
    7. Section 7 Concerning the notion of Liberty of Will, consisting in Indifference.
    8. Section 8 Concerning the supposed Liberty of the Will, as opposite to all Necessity.
    9. Section 9 Of the Connexion of the Acts of the Will with the Dictates of the Understanding.
    10. Section 10 Volition necessarily connected with the influence of Motives; with particular observations of the great inconsistence of Mr. Chubb’s assertions and reasonings about the Freedom of the Will.
    11. Section 11 The evidence of God’s certain Foreknowledge of the Volitions of moral Agents.
    12. Section 12 God’s certain Foreknowledge of the future volitions of moral agents, inconsistent with such a Contingence of those violations as is without all Necessity.
    13. Section 13 Whether we suppose the volitions of moral Agents to be connected with any thing antecedent, or not, yet they must be necessary in such a sense as to overthrow Arminian Liberty.
  4. Part 3Wherein is inquired, whether any such Liberty of Will as Arminians hold, be necessary to Moral Agency, Virtue and Vice, Praise and Dispraise, &c.
    1. Section 1 God’s moral Excellency necessary, yet virtuous and praise-worthy.
    2. Section 2 The Acts of the Will of the human soul of Jesus Christ, necessarily holy, yet truly virtuous, praise-worthy, rewardable, &c.
    3. Section 3 The case of such as are given up of God to sin, and of fallen man in general, proves moral Necessity and Inability to be consistent with Blameworthiness.
    4. Section 4 Command and Obligation of Obedience, consistent with moral Inability to obey.
    5. Section 5 That Sincerity of Desires and Endeavours, which is supposed to excuse in the non-performance of things in themselves good, particularly considered.
    6. Section 6 Liberty of Indifference, not only not necessary to Virtue, but utterly inconsistent with it; and all, either virtuous or vicious habits or inclinations, inconsistent with Arminian notions of Liberty and moral Agency.
    7. Section 7 Arminian notions of moral Agency inconsistent with all influence of Motive and Inducement, in either virtuous or vicious actions.
  5. Part 4Wherein the chief grounds of the reasonings of Arminians, in support and defence of the fore-mentioned notions of Liberty, Moral Agency, &c. and against the opposite doctrine, are considered.
    1. Section 1 The Essence of the virtue and vice of dispositions of the heart, and acts of the Will, lies not in their Cause, but their Nature.
    2. Section 2 The Falseness and Inconsistence of that metaphysical notion of Action, and Agency, which seems to be generally entertained by the defenders of the Arminian Doctrine concerning Liberty, moral Agency, &c.
    3. Section 3 The reasons why some think it contrary to common Sense, to suppose those things which are necessary to be worthy of either Praise or Blame.
    4. Section 4 It is agreeable to common sense, and the natural notions of mankind, to suppose moral Necessity to be consistent with Praise and Blame, Reward and Punishment.
    5. Section 5 Objections, that this scheme of Necessity renders all Means and Endeavours for avoiding Sin, or obtaining Virtue and Holiness, vain, and to no purpose; and that it makes men no more than mere machines, in affairs of morality and religion, answered.
    6. Section 6 Concerning that objection against the doctrine which has been maintained, that it agrees with the Stoical doctrine of Fate, and the opinions of Mr. Hobbes.
    7. Section 7 Concerning the Necessity of the Divine Will.
    8. Section 8 Some further objections against the moral Necessity of God’s Volitions considered.
    9. Section 9 Concerning that objection against the doctrine which has been maintained, that it makes God the Author of Sin.
    10. Section 10 Concerning sin’s first Entrance into the world.
    11. Section 11 Of a supposed Inconsistence between these principles and God’s moral character.
    12. Section 12 Of a supposed tendency of these principles to Atheism and Licentiousness.
    13. Section 13 Concerning that objection against the reasoning, by which the Calvinistic doctrine is supposed, that it is metaphysical and abstruse.
    14. Section 14 The Conclusion.
  6. Appendix
    1. Section 15 Containing Remarks on the Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion, in a Letter to a Minister of the Church of Scotland.

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