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Chapter XXI.--Freedom of the Will.

Then said Peter: |I advise that the first inquiry be, whether it be in our power to know whence we are to be judged.| But Simon said: |Not so; but concerning God, about whom all who are present are desirous to hear.| Then Peter: |You admit, then, that something is in the power of the will: only confess this, if it is so, and let us inquire, as you say, concerning God.| To this Simon answered: |By no means.| Then Peter said: |If, then, nothing is in our power, it is useless for us to inquire anything concerning God, since it is not in the power of those who seek to find; hence I said well, that this should be the first inquiry, whether anything is in the power of the will.| Then said Simon: |We cannot even understand this that you say, if there is anything in the power of the will.| But Peter, seeing that he was turning to contention, and, through fear of being overcome, was confounding all things as being in general uncertain, answered: |How then do you know that it is not in the power of man to know anything, since this very thing at least you know?|
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