Monday, August 07, 2006

Augustine quote-regarding free will and grace

In his work Retractions, while referring to his dispute with Pelagius over free will & grace-Augustine wrote-
In trying to solve this question I made strenuous efforts on behalf of the preservation of the free choice of the human will, but the grace of God defeated me.

This debate is still going on. I'll side with Augustine on this one.
Augustine was not saying we are robots (well he couldn't have back then--but the contemporary equivalent.) But he is saying the grace of God defeated his efforts to get around it. God's grace is not bound by human will or ability.


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