Falsity of the free will defense for existence of evil

Here, I shall attempt to disprove the following idea: God allows evil to exist because otherwise humans cannot have free will. And without free will, humans cannot love, because love that is not freely expressed cannot be real love. This is simply a restatement of Alvin Plantinga‘s famous free will defense (http://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-log/#H4). First, a little … Continue reading Falsity of the free will defense for existence of evil

The solution to “free will” is determinism

The statement that “the self can cause the self” is necessarily false because of its self-referential nature (reductio ad absurdum). In other words, the Will cannot will itself to be something different from what it already is. The above effectively “solves” the problem of “free will”, in the sense that it demonstrates the absurdity of … Continue reading The solution to “free will” is determinism

Free Will, Determinism, Salvation and the Christian Ethic

I’m actually having a conversation on this blog post: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2014/03/28/young-restless-and-no-longer-reformed-2-john-frye/ I wrote a lengthy comment as part of that conversation. It¬†expresses a large chunk of my views on the subject, so I decided to repost it here. Please allow me to explain how I think taking the “free” out of “free will” doesn’t really cause … Continue reading Free Will, Determinism, Salvation and the Christian Ethic