Thanks goes out to Thailer for his request that I prepare and submit an article on free agency for publication in The Mormon Worker. I finished the article today, but it consists of 6056 words, so it may get rejected for publication due to its length. At any rate, I will publish it here on this blog, hopefully by tomorrow night. I have asked what4anarchy to review it prior to publication so that I don’t put my foot in my mouth, doctrinally, that is.
On November 10th, 2007, Thailer requested that I write the article, but I couldn’t organize my thoughts well enough to get it done any earlier. I apologize for the delay. It has been sitting in my draft folder for months, with no inspiration to finish it. It wasn’t until the beginning of this month, as I completed the ninth installment on faith and began working on the tenth installment, that I realized that I couldn’t explain the next aspect of faith without talking about free agency. So, I put down the faith article and started working on the free agency document, which, for some reason, I now had the inspiration to complete. Today, as I put the finishing touches on it, I am finally satisfied with it.
I intentionally kept it fairly shallow, addressing only one aspect of free agency, but many other questions and interesting aspects of agency appear without exposition on my part. I intend to explore these other aspects on this blog. As this is my first foray into writing about agency, I again thank Thailer for suggesting this topic, as the research of this subject has enlightened my mind and given me greater vistas of the gospel. Hopefully, I can communicate through these future articles my understanding of agency so that others also learn something new or at least a different perspective about this fundamental topic.
I have also created a new category called Free Agency so that I can fully expound all the aspects of this principle, in depth, according to my understanding. Like the faith articles, I am going to keep it out of the Deep Waters section, as I believe everyone should have a strong understanding of free agency, so no password will be required.