True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.
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Source Notes: Source: Attributed to JONATHAN EDWARDS.George Seldes, The Great Quotations, p. 220 . Unverified.In the editors introduction to Edwardss Freedom of the Will, ed. Paul Ramsey, p. 12 , is a succinct summary of a portion of Edwardss definition of terms, part 1, section 5 : In other words, a man is free to do what he wills, but not to do what he does not will.
Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703- March 22, 1758) was a colonial American Congregational preacher and theologian. He is known as one of the greatest and most profound American evangelical theologians. His work is very broad in scope, but he is often associated with his defense of Calvinist theology and the Puritan heritage.