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The Early Church Fathers
and Free-Will:

CYRIL of Jerusalem c. 312-386

by Jacques More

Lecture IV 18

"Know also that thou hast a soul self governed, the noblest work of God, made after the image of its Creator, immortal because of God that gives it immortality, a living being rational, imperishable, because of Him that bestowed these gifts: having free power to do what it willeth."

20

"There is not a class of souls sinning by nature and a class of souls practising righteousness by nature; but both act from choice, the substance of their souls being of one kind only and alike in all."

21

"The soul is self-governed: and though the Devil can suggest, he has not the power to compel against the will. He pictures to thee the thought of fornication: if thou wilt, thou rejectest. For if thou wert a fornicator of necessity then for what cause did God prepare hell? If thou wert a doer of righteousness by nature and not by will, wherefore did God prepare crowns of ineffable glory? The sheep is gentle, but never was it crowned for its gentleness; since its gentle quality belongs to it not from choice but by nature."


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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