31 January 2010

Sunday Quote 13110

St John Chrysostom on free will:

“We are directed by free will and not, as some say, subjected to the compulsion of inescapable fate. That is why God has given us the promise of his kingdom but also threatened us with punishment.  He would not have done that to people in the toils of necessity.  He would not have laid down laws, he would not have given us exhortations if we had been prisoners of destiny. . . The myth of a compelling destiny is nonsense.  Our lives are subject to no unavoidable fate.  Everything, as I have argued, points to the beauty of free will.”

Thank-you to Tony Woodlief of Sand in the Gears, who had this quote up.  You can read his post about it here.


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