Researchers probe whether ‘free will’ exists

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Are people really responsible for all the things they do? Do they have what theologians call God-given free will to choose between right and wrong? Those questions are at the heart of a four-year research project underway at Florida State University that aims to determine whether, and how, free will exists. Funded […]

  • Neil

    The fetish with science is so bad nowadays, they actually think empirical research can answer a question like this when it can’t even handle the quantifiable.

    Interesting that this writer never bothers to mention pertinent Scriptural passages, but he does cite Geisler’s writings. Hence, pardon me if I mention Gordon Clark’s work in reply, “God and Evil: The Problem Solved.”

  • `Because if he can save everyone apart from their free will and he if really loves everyone then he would.`

    hmm that however leaves some questions because it means God is not an all powerful, all knowing omnipotent God.

    If God is all powerful and all knowing then he knows the past, present and the future ( Christ was able to know his betrayer and know the cock would crow thrice etc etc) so if he knows what happens in the future then it is predetermined / predestined?????

  • Here’s all the evidence one needs to know that when it comes to religion, all common sense goes out the window. Without spending 3 million+ dollars, all one has to do is think about the choices they make and what caused that choice. Every choice has a cause and is not made absent of any cause, influence or instinct. Now how are they going to prove that God does not control the causes, influences or inspirations and instincts that CAUSE our choices? Our choices may appear to us as free, but the causes are most certainly not under our control.

    This Geisler fellow referred to at the end of the article makes a glaring un-scriptural statement. How can he say Adam’s sin was made freely? Adam was INFLUENCED by Eve and his own lusts. Eve was INFLUENCED by the serpent and her own lusts. God put the tree in the middle of the garden, made it appealing to the eye, sent a serpent that was persuasive. To think God did not influence events and things happened by free choice is total nonsense. Why do we deny that God would create evil? He created the tree of the knowledge of good AND EVIL. To create the tree, and the knowledge contained therein, He must have KNOWN evil and created it. But we don’t have to speculate. Scripture tells He created evil. Isa 45:7 – “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I the LORD do all these things.”

    Secondly, Geisler says the Bible constantly affirms man is free. Oh really? Where does it “constantly affirm” this?
    Jer 10:23 “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
    Psa 37:23 “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.”
    Php 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
    Eph 1:11 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:” (“things” is not in the Greek – He worketh ALL after the counsel of his own will”)

    Now where is FREE WILL being constantly affirmed in those scriptures?

    The gospel message is that God took responsibility for our bad choices (sin) by sending His Son. We will be held accountable for our sin in judgement but we are not responsible for there being sin. How can one say God expects us to be responsible all the while making it impossible to always freely choose wisely? Why would He allow Satan to rule the earth if He expected perfection? Is Satan more powerful than God or is God just a sadistic tormentor? It’s just amazing how little otherwise intelligent people understand about the scriptures or God’s purposes revealed in them. I could use the money if they’d like to spend it more wisely.