Now it is John Wesley's turn. What did Wesley have to say about free will? Is his understanding also better understood as "freed" will? Spoiler Alert: Wesley did not believe that humans have natural free will but that free will is a gift of divine grace. Some things in this episode may surprise you a little and your Calvinist friends even more. Wesley was for the most part "Augustinian" in his understanding of free will and he relied on the Pre-Augustinian Church Fathers as well. As usual we will be looking to Kenneth J. Collins and Thomas C. Oden. Buy their books on the theology of John Wesley! You can find them all under the "Theologians and Resources" tab. Find a link below...only five months until Christmas. It is not too early to put some on your list.
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Is it true that Calvinists believe in predestination and Arminians believe in free will? Not really. In this episode we discuss what Arminius really believed about free will and how it is better understood as freed will. We will also talk about whether Arminius and Wesley would side with Erasmus or Luther in the free will debate. Hint, they would side with the German. Throughout our discussion we will be jumping into both primary and secondary sources. Don't miss the next episode where we will do the same for Wesley.