Free Choice in St. Maximus the Confessor by Joseph P. Farrell

By Joseph P. Farrell

"This publication most probably served because the origin for Farrell's longer paintings, God, background and Dialectic. Farrell offers a longer research upon St Maximus the Confessor's security of 2 wills in Christ. In doing so, he conscientiously examines neo-Platonic philosophy, really its equation of contrast = competition, and the impact it had on later Origenist, Monothelete, and Augustinian theologies."

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But no matter how preferable it would have been, there is no necessity for my preferences to be fulfilled. There is no law of the universe that says that because I greatly want something it must be granted to me. If such a law existed, then I would have got the job; so obviously this law does not exist. y law, but the world clearly does not include this rule! If I must not have failed to get this job, then I obviously would have got it. But, clearly, I didn't! Therefore my must is contradicted by reality, and I had better change it back into a strong preference.

Religiosity, then, im­ portantly consists of needless, self-defeating in­ hibition. 10. Self-acceptance. People who are emotion­ ally healthy are usually glad to be alive and to accept themselves a s "deserving" of continued life and of happiness just because they exist and because they have some present or future poten­ tial to enjoy themselves. In accordance with the principles of RET they fully or unconditionally accept themselves (or give themselves what Carl Rogers calls unconditionally positive regard).

Emotionally sound people are able to take risks, to ask themsleves what they would really like to do in life, and then to try to do this, even though they have to risk defeat or failure. They are reasonably adventurous (though not foolhardy); are willing to try almost anything once, if only to see how they like it; and they look forward to some different or unusual breaks in their usual routines. In regard to risk-taking, I think it is fairly obvious that pious theists are highly determined to avoid adventure and to refuse to take many of life's normal risks.

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