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“Human freedom can be neither broken nor neutralized by divine freedom, but it may well be, so to speak, outwitted”

I like this quote, and I would like to revisit the ideas in this quote some day, not necessarily concerning the subject of apocatastasis, but rather to discuss the the ancient controversy of “semi-Pelagianism”.

Eclectic Orthodoxy

We attempted to understand what part freedom plays in the work of redemption. For this it is not adequate if one focuses on freedom alone. One must investigate as well what grace can do and whether even for it there is an absolute limit. This we have already seen: grace must come to man. By its own power, it can, at best, come up to his door but never force its way inside. And further: it can come to him without his seeking it, without his desiring it. The question is whether it can complete its work without his cooperation. It seemed to us that this question had to be answered negatively. That is a weighty thing to say. For it obviously implies that God’s freedom, which we call omnipotence, meets with a limit in human freedom. Grace is the Spirit of God, who descends to the soul of man…

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