In statistics, they speak of degrees of freedom.
Our body illustrates degrees of freedom. Our feet need to be stable for our foundation and so the joints of our feet are stable and fixed with little movement. The ankle has a little more movement. Our knees have more movement in one plane, and less movement than the ankle in other planes.
Our hips have a greater degree of freedom than our knees, and our shoulders have even more than our hips. The higher we go, the more freedom. Our head moves on our spine with a remarkable degree of freedom being able to move in all planes.
Our brain, housed in our head, has even more freedom of action. Our soul united to our bodies, presumably through our brain, has even more freedom.
“God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that is neither forced, nor by any absolute necessity of nature determined, to good or evil”
Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter IX, Of Free Will, Section 1.
Section 2 is about the freedom of man’s will in innocency.
Section 3 is about the bondage of man’s will by the Fall of Adam, celebrated in Martin Luther’s book on the Bondage of the Will.
Section 4 is about the change when a sinner is converted by God’s grace.
Section 5 is about the Will of man in the state of glory.
Jonathan Edwards wrote a significant work on the Freedom of the Will.
- Text of the Westminster Confession of Faith