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The Freedom of the Will (Great Awakening Writings (1725-1760)) Hardcover – September 1, 1997
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It is appropriate that Freedom of the Will should appear as Volume 1, for although it is not the first in the Edwards chronology, it is the work through which his fame has been most widely spread abroad, even to the multitudes who have known the book only by hearsay. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is by far the best known American theologian. After graduating from and teaching at Yale University, he began a very fruitful ministry at Northampton, MA. The church was the scene of the explosive revival of 1734, 35, and burned fiercely for God under Edwards for several years. Edwards then went to pastor the lowly Indians. But at last he was called to be the first president of Princeton University, where he served only 5 weeks, dying of smallpox.
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"For that which is possessed of no will, cannot have any paver [power]or opportunity of doing according to its mill, [will] nor be necessitated to act contrary to its will . . ." Near the end of the same paragraph is the this:
". . . but not that the bird's power of flying has a power arid [and] Liberty of flying."
Then in the next paragraph we find this: "But that which has no will, cannot be subject of these things, -- I need say the less on this bead [head], Mr. Locke having set the same thing forth . . ."
When one is seeking to gain a knowledge of Mr. Edwards' thoughts it is disturbing to have to try to figure out what the original text actually says. As a publisher of numerous books via lulu.com , most of which I market via my own website and which includes two books [Luther on Human Will, and The Bondage of the Will] for which the text was meticulously copied from, or abridged from, other texts, I think I have a duty to report this kind of poor workmanship.
I also found typos on pages 9, 14, 17, 18, 19, 23 and 24. At this point it could be assumed that additional typos will be found throughout the text.
Finally, the book has no standard copyright page, but is listed as copyright 2011 by Legacy Publications on the title page. It provides no physical address, no website, and no email address by which anyone may contact them. This seems to be somewhat irregular among publishers. On the back of the final page is written "Made in the USA San Bernardino, CA 27 April 2013 [which was probably the date the book was printed on demand.]
Addenda: May 21, 2013. I have now read to page 72. I have found a few more typos on pages 26,27,34,36,37,46,50,61 (several), 62,63,66,67. The further I read, the easier I find the content in comprehension level, although I still find the arguments difficult and requiring close attention to the details. I expect to complete the book due to my personal interest in the subject matter and because he is dealing with the same general topic with which Martin Luther deals in his book The Bondage of the Will.