Free Will Survival Guide (Key Resources)

This is a page highlighting some key resources on the historic debate on the bondage of the will. Hope you find these resources helpful in your studies.

"To will is of nature but to will aright is of grace."
- Augustine

"...we allow that man has choice and that it is self-determined, so that if he does anything evil, it should be imputed to him and to his own voluntary choosing. We do away with coercion and force, because this contradicts the nature of the will and cannot coexist with it. We deny that choice is free, because through man's innate wickedness it is of necessity driven to what is evil and cannot seek anything but evil. And from this it is possible to deduce what a great difference there is between necessity and coercion. For we do not say that man is dragged unwillingly into sinning, but that because his will is corrupt he is held captive under the yoke of sin and therefore of necessity will in an evil way. For where there is bondage, there is necessity. But it makes a great difference whether the bondage is voluntary or coerced. We locate the necessity to sin precisely in corruption of the will, from which follows that it is self-determined."
- John Calvin
from Bondage and Liberation of the Will, pg. 69-70

"Free will I have often heard of, but I have never seen it. I have always met with will, and plenty of it, but it has either been led captive by sin or held in the blessed bonds of grace."
- C. H. Spurgeon

Helpful Resources
The Doctrine of the Will (eBook) by William Cunningham

Augustine
God is Able to Convert Opposing Wills and to Take Away From the Heart its Hardness by Augustine
Augustine's Writings on Grace and Free Will by Augustine
A Treatise on Grace and Free Will (eBook) by Augustine
Augustine & The Pelagian Controversy (eBook) by B B Warfield
The Pelagian Captivity of the Church by R. C. Sproul

Martin Luther
What Did Martin Luther Think About Free Will? Here are some key quotes from his definitive work
The Bondage of the Will (eBook) by Martin Luther
The Manifesto of the Reformation - Luther vs. Erasmus on Free Will by Lee Gatiss
Neither Reason Nor Free Will Points to Him: Luther's Assertion that the Whole Man is in Bondage by Benjamin E Sasse

John Calvin
Arguments In Support of Free Will Refuted by John Calvin
Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Choice and Bound Over to Miserable Servitude by John Calvin
Are God's Precepts "The Measure of our Strength"? by John Calvin
Spiritual Discernment is Wholly Lost Until we are Regenerated by John Calvin

Post Reformation Authors
The Idol of Free-Will  by John Owen
Man’s Free Will or Impotency and the Punishment Due Upon Sin (eBook) by Wilhelmus a Brakel
Human Inability by C. H. Spurgeon
Man's Utter Inability to Rescue Himself by Thomas Boston
Freedom of the Will (eBook) by Jonathan Edwards
A Divine and Supernatural Light by Jonathan Edwards

Modern Authors
The Myth of Free Will by Walter Chantry
John 3:16 and Man’s Ability to Choose God by R. C. Sproul
The Bondage of the Will by James Montgomery Boice
The Illusion of a Gentleman God Would God Interfere with a Man's Free Will? by Robert Bernecker
God's Part and Man's Part in Salvation by John Reisinger
Can Free Will Explain the Conversion of Sinners by Scott Christensen
Prevenient Grace and Semi-Pelagianism by Scott Christensen
A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Free Will’ by John Piper
What About Free Will? by John Samson

Books
Top 6 Books on Free Will / Bondage of the Will

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