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The Early Church Fathers
and Free-Will:

CLEMENT of Alexandria c.150-215

by Jacques More

Stromata Bk ii ch. 4

"But we, who have heard by the Scriptures that self-determining choice and refusal have been given by the Lord to men, rest in the infallible criterion of faith, manifesting a willing spirit, since we have chosen life and believe God through His voice."

Stromata Bk iv ch. 12

"But nothing is without the will of the Lord of the universe. It remains to say that such things happen without the prevention of God; for this alone saves both the providence and the goodness of God. We must not therefore think that He actively produces afflictions (far be it that we should think this!); but we must be persuaded that He does not prevent those that cause them, but overrules for good the crimes of His enemies."


Also worth noting: [page 249 of Roger's book: . . . In Stromata, Bk ii ch 2, Clement argues strongly that "faith is not established by demonstration." Faith involves a choice and "choice is the beginning of action."]



Quotes taken from God's Strategy in Human History by Roger T Forster & V Paul Marston

First British Edition 1989 published by Highland

Copyright © 1973 R. T. Forster & V. P. Marston

Used by permission granted 25th September 2002


A new edition of God's Strategy in Human History (ISBN 1-57910-273-5) is now in print and available from Wipf and Stock Publishers, 150 West Broadway, Eugene OR 97401. Available in the U.K. from Ichthus Christian Fellowship.


JUSTIN MARTYR (c.100-165 A.D.) - IRENAEUS of Gaul (c.130-200) - ATHENAGORAS of Athens (2nd century) - THEOPHILUS of Antioch (2nd century) - TATIAN of Syria (flourished late 2nd century) - BARDAISAN of Syria (c.154-222) - CLEMENT of Alexandria (c.150-215) - TERTULLIAN of Carthage (c.155-225) - NOVATIAN of Rome (c.200-258) - ORIGEN (c.185-254) - METHODIUS of Olympus (c.260-martyred 311) - ARCHELAUS - ARNOBIUS of Sicca (c.253-327) - CYRIL of Jerusalem (c. 312-386) - GREGORY of Nyssa (c.335-395) - JEROME (c.347-420) - JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (347-407)


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