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The Early Church Fathers
and Free-Will:

JEROME c.347-420

by Jacques More


Letters CXXXIII

"It is in vain that you misrepresent me and try to convince the
ignorant that I condemn free-will. Let him who condemns it be himself condemned. We have been created endowed with free-will; still it is not this which distinguishes us from the brutes. For human free-will, as I said, depends upon the help of God and needs His aid moment by moment, a thing which you and yours do not choose to admit. Your position is that once a man has free-will he no longer needs the help of God. It is true that freedom of the will brings with it freedom of decision. Still man does not act immediately on his free-will but requires God's aid who Himself needs no aid.
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Against the Pelagians Book III, 10

"But when we are concerned with grace and mercy, free-will is in part void; in part, I say, for so much depends upon it, that we wish and desire, and give assent to the course we choose. But it depends on God whether we have the power in His strength and with His help to perform what we desire, and to bring to effect our toil and effort."



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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