donald wilson Wrote:How would Orthodoxy define free will in the light of this?
After reading your last post, my mind wandered and I wondered who you think it is that speaks for Orthodoxy? In other words, "Who speaks for Orthodoxy?" What if there are different schools of thought and in this sense there are different answers to be found from within Orthodoxy? I remember when I first made a movement towards Orthodoxy, I thought there was one answer and one Orthodox position on the key theological issues. I was ignorant of the reality of the situation.
I don't think I could present a very good survey on this topic for you. However, I would fall in line with the thinking of John Cassian as it relates to the sovereignty of God and the free will of man, in which there is a synergy which takes place.
Somewhat as you imply, to me, it seems more than clear that we cannot have absolute free will because we do not have absolute freedom.