Thursday, May 19, 2016

There's no such thing as free will -- but we can pretend can't we?

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.

So, to 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 achievable.

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.

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