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Free Will, Determinism and Religion

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❶Free will is a not so extreme version of libertarianism; the opposite of this would be determinism which is the belief that humans are not willed freely, rather they are the results of passions, desires, physical conditions and external circumstances beyond the control of the individual. On this view, God decree that everything will go thus-and-so and ensure that everything goes that way, so that ultimately God is the cause of everything that happens and everything that happens is part of God's plan.

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Why or why not? The idea that everything happens as a result of something else Predestination is the belief that God determines everyone's fate Free will opposes this idea Predestination and Providence Predestination: With predestination since god has already made all the choices in your life by deciding whether you are good or bad you are not an agent. Therefore you have no choices in your life and it is already planned out. Predestination and Providence Continued Able to freely make choices.

This means you have control of the choices you make. You will only be judged at the end of your life. And you are an agent. Free Will Free will is having the ability of the human mind to choose a course of action or make a decision without being subjected to restraint imposed by necessity or by divine predetermination.

A completely free will act is a cause: It is not a causal occurrence. Free will is a not so extreme version of libertarianism; the opposite of this would be determinism which is the belief that humans are not willed freely, rather they are the results of passions, desires, physical conditions and external circumstances beyond the control of the individual.

Some metaphysicians believe that the universe is rational; therefore every action is part of an unbroken chain of causation extending back to the First Cause, which is God.

An act of free will by a person or animal is an uncaused act. Please log in to add your comment. See more popular or the latest prezis. Constrain to simple back and forward steps. Copy code to clipboard. Add a personal note: Houston, we have a problem! Stand out and be remembered with Prezi, the secret weapon of great presenters. Send the link below via email or IM Copy. Present to your audience Start remote presentation. Do you really want to delete this prezi?

In fact, every action that ever takes place has been set in motion by the actions of the early beginnings of the universe. Everything must have a cause, and many things arise in the brain long before we are even aware of it. Sam Harris says, in The Moral Landscape and here on his blog:. Interesting to note here, that this should not be mistaken for determinism, but there is a certain amount of determinism involved with our day-to-day lives. If taken to the ultimate reductionist standpoint, as Harris has explored, there is not a single thought which arises in our brain of which we are aware instantaneously.

It takes time for these thoughts to arise, and they do appear to rise our of nowhere, or rather from somewhere inside our brains.

There is no denying that our brains still, when delivering these thoughts and body commands that they are reacting to outside stimuli, but some thoughts appear to just spring into existence on their own. The deterministic nature of the universe is not something that we can easily pin down; humans operate on a scale of time and dimensions so that things of this nature elude our senses and sensibilities. The mechanisms behind determinism are not things we can see, just as the mechanisms behind thought are not something we are aware of in our daily lives.

Quantum mechanics has shown us that some things just happen it could also be the case that we are yet to understand why or how they happen. Things pop in and out of existence seemingly randomly all the time. Whether they all have an affect on the outcomes of the universe is still unknown, but it is likely that they have potential to.

If, in fact, everything is deterministic, then every action has been determined in advance, because of the way that the universe reacts against itself. This is by no means a fatalistic notion, it may just be that this is the way things are. We will continue to live as if there IS free will regardless of the reality of the situation. Some people will take this idea of determinism and attach a God to it. The one thing that many religious folk find hard to grapple with is the dichotomy of determinism versus free-will, where an omniscient God knows the future as he knows everything , he is omnipotent can do anything and has created the universe , and has therefore determined the outcome of any situation.

Apologists, while they agree with this statement will say that while God knows the future, he leaves it up to humans as individuals to choose the right path. This leaves us with a conundrum, and the best way to reconcile this position is to leave God out of the equation altogether and just stick to what we can measure.

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Religious Determinism is the logical consequence of the presumed omniscience of God. God has foreknowledge of all events. All times are equally present to His eye (totem simul). Philosophical Determinisms Behavioral Biological Causal Fatalism Historical Logical Language Mechanical Physical Psychological.

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Transcript of Religious Determinism •If God has predetermined that He will condemn some people and save some •Under the Catholic tradition of God’s providence and humans’ freedom, •Today most Christians believe in providence- God’s influence upon events and actions. •The Puritan tradition strongly believes that humans are born.

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Theological Determinism. On the religious side, human freedom has seemed crucial to the logic of divine commandment and judgment, and to such reactive attitudes and practices as guilt, repentance, and forgiveness. However, some hard theological determinists have challenged such assumptions about the centrality of free will. Theological determinism is a form of determinism which states that all events that happen are pre-ordained, or predestined to happen, by a God, or that they are destined to occur given its omniscience. Theological determinism exists in a number of religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Religious Determinism. Definition. Religious Determinism is a form of determinism which states that all events that happen are pre-ordained to happen by God. St. Augustine. St. Augustine was Bishop of Hippo Regius, he was a . May 16,  · Determinism is the philosophical view that every event, including human cognition, behavior, decision, and action, is causally determined by the environment. It is, in essence, the view that one's life is predetermined before one is even tojikon.ml: Resolved.