In a sense free will could be affirmed

I try not to use the term “free will” because it means a million things to different people.   Still, there is a sense in which anyone can affirm it, and in this sense the Protestant Scholastics did affirm it.  They made the distinction between freedom of coaction.   Translation:  the will is a “spiritual” (non-corporeal) entity by anyone’s gloss.  By definition it can’t be “forced.”   Berdyaev and the existentialists were right on this point.  I deny free will in the sense where one takes it to mean “I am the efficient cause in my salvation.”  It’s hard to affirm that proposition and Paul’s “May I never boast but in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).

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