Surely, a farmer would be considered crazy if, worried about God's foreknowledge, he became remiss in sowing his seed and if for this reason, lured by the idea that God foreknows everything from eternity and that things are going to occur just as He foreknew
they would, he did not plant his seed or was going to plant less than he otherwise would have.
To defend his argument, Fulgentius invoked Augustine's On the Predestination of the Saints, where Augustine claimed that "there can be foreknowledge on God's part without predestination but that, on the other hand, there could not be predestination without foreknowledge." (252) Fulgentius continued his paraphrase of Augustine by alleging that "God foreknew
even what he himself did not do [namely, sin]," (253) which is why "He foreknew
human wills good and evil, but he predestined not the evil ones but only the good ones." (254) "I think that in these words of the blessed Augustine," Fulgentius concluded, "it is clearly shown that God foreknew
and predestined his good works ...
Yet this license to search for meanings as yet unknown was given by the Torah itself, since its Author foreknew
anything that might be discovered in His Creation.
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew
In order to support his position regarding God's will to condemn, Luther cites the biblical record and points out that God hardened Pharaoh, (26) foreknew
that Judas would betray Jesus, (27) and loved Jacob but hated Esau.
(10) He makes the same alteration later in the poem: in the original Alcyone experiences just foreboding, "hoc erat, hoc, animo quod divinante timebam" (694) [your fate was what I foreboded and feared], not a knowledge beyond the rational that she claims in Dryden: "This I too well foreknew
, / And, my prophetick Fear presag'd too true" (413-14).
The fact that God can foresee to the last detail what men will do does not compromise their freedom in the least: "If I foreknew
, Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault,/Which had proved no less certain unforeknown." I think you can see that this argument is essentially the same as the determinist "reconciliation" of freedom and determinism.
1:4-6) and that God predestined to salvation those whom God foreknew
will trust in Christ (Rom.
Her dreams had prophesied; and she saw what she foreknew
' (Chapter 11).