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The Early Church Fathers
and Free-Will:

IRENAEUS of Gaul c.130-200

by Jacques More

Against Heresies XXXVII

"This expression, 'How often would I have gathered thy children together, and thou wouldst not,' set forth the ancient law of human liberty, because God made man a free (agent) from the beginning, possessing his own soul to obey the behests of God voluntarily, and not by compulsion of God. For there is no coercion with God, but a good will (toward us) is present with Him continually. And therefore does He give good counsel to all. And in man as well as in angels, He has placed the power of choice (for angels are rational beings), so that those who had yielded obedience might justly possess what is good, given indeed by God, but preserved by themselves . . ."


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"If then it were not in our power to do or not to do these things, what reason had the apostle, and much more the Lord Himself, to give counsel to do some things and to abstain from others? But because man is possessed of free-will from the beginning, and God is possessed of free-will in whose likeness man was created, advice is always given to him to keep fast the good, which thing is done by means of obedience to God."

 

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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