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To reconcile the decrees of God with the free agency of man, is a subject which has received the attention of metaphysicians in different ages of the world: sometimes they have denied the decrees, or explained them as conditional; and sometimes they have denied free agency, or explained it, so as to be no agency at all. The author of this book attempts to to prove that man is a free agent, free, in willing, as well as in doing what he wills; and that this freedom is consistent with the absolute, and eternal decrees of God respecting him. The author has takes a different view of man from what has been taken, and one, which he believes, is more agreeable to nature: he considers, that the human mind has two powers, called the Understanding and the Will. Understanding is the passive power of the mind, and the will is the active power, and the mind always wills with liberty or freedom. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).