The article in the link below is interesting in light of re-reading Francis Schaeffer. He points out that while those who deny God, who embrace evolution, who believe (ironically, meaning "have faith in the theory that...") life rose from random chance, reach the conclusion that freedom (free will) is an illusion, ultimately they can't live out this view to its logical conclusion.
Denying that "In the beginning
(a personal and real) God created the heavens and the earth" and all
that implies, embracing determinism (absence of free will), means man
(as in humankind) is a machine and morality is pointless. There is no
love or hate, no wrong or right, no meaning or purpose, no freedom or
dignity. Rather there is only impersonal irresistible chemical reactions
and electric impulses.
Embracing determinism means the loss of
love, meaning, and morality. It is in essence a descent into chaos and
despair since emotion and intelligence are illusions.
avoid the logical conclusions of their own “beliefs” a false “belief” is
created to allow for what reality and life reveals, that we do actually
experience love and hate, joy and sorrow, and depend on justice being
It’s also ironic that those who view determinism as
valid still use terms such as hope, belief, love, and hate, when these
terms, within the context of determinism, are meaningless.