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  • Genetic Determinism or Free Will?

    07/20/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2014 | Timothy Birdnow
    There is a famous comparison made between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The more mystical types among us find the apparent similarities compelling evidence of some inscrutible fate, and much ink has been spilled (no doubt to buttress the legend of Kennedy, who was largely a failure as president.) Naturally, people focus on the coincidental similarities and ignore the huge differences; people naturally seek patterns, and when they find them they say "aha!" even if those patterns happen to mean nothing.In a recent blog post at American Thinker the brilliant Rosslyn Smith falls into this trap, making the case...
  • Paedophilia is an Illness NOT a Crime, says Cardinal Just Days after Papal Conclave

    03/16/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Dialy Mail (U.K.) ^ | 16 March 2013 | Anna Edwards
    (Cardinal Napier, third from left) Paedophilia is an illness NOT a crime, says cardinal just days after papal conclave • Claimed people abused as youngsters who then become paedophiles 'not criminally responsible' • Says paedophilia 'is an illness, not a criminal condition' • Says those people do not deserve to be punished because they are damaged • Pope Francis said that he wants a 'church for the poor' A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not 'a criminal condition'. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio...
  • What We All Deserve

    02/02/2012 7:45:35 PM PST · by WXRGina · 78 replies
    American Clarion ^ | February 2, 2012 | Gina Miller
    The other day I was talking to Kipp Greggory, our morning talk show host, during whose program this radio blog broadcast airs. We do not see each other very often, but when we do, it’s a fast-paced gab fest! He brought up a point of aggravation to him that amazed me, because it is something that bothers my husband and me, as well, and I have not heard anyone else make the point. It is the profusion of advertising that appeals to the prevalent sense of entitlement that infects many people in our society today. You have heard the ads...
  • (History changed by act of mercy?) How a four-year-old Adolf Hitler was saved from certain death ...

    01/05/2012 7:09:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 6th January 2012 | Allan Hall
    Revealed: The priest who changed the course of history ... by rescuing a drowning four-year-old Hitler from death in an icy river * Future Fuhrer was plucked from certain death by boy who grew up to join the church * German newspaper from 1894 reveals incident It may be the most devastating act of mercy in history. A newspaper report chronicling how a boy of four was saved from drowning has surfaced in a German archive. The child – who historians believe could have been Adolf Hitler – was plucked from the icy waters of the River Inn in Passau,...
  • A canticle for Kathleen Sullivan - from "Christmas at the speed of life"

    12/18/2011 10:22:44 AM PST · by Greg Swann · 2 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 12/12/2011 | William F.X. O'Connell
      A canticle for Kathleen Sullivan  I got to the hospital after visiting hours, but the nurse led me to the room anyway. "There hasn't been anyone," she confided. I pursed my lips in grim acknowledgment. "That's why I'm here." Inside the room the patient looked like purple death. It was a critical-care room, bright and white and cheerfully clinical. The bed was surrounded by apparatus, with lines and leads and probes and IV tubes running to him. The only unbruised part of him that I could see were his eyes, and his eyes were more deeply wounded than anything. I'll...
  • How to slay dragons

    12/15/2011 3:08:30 PM PST · by Greg Swann · 2 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 12/12/2011 | William F.X. O'Connell
      How to slay dragons  And now I am a man-killer. We live with the consequences of our choices, and we cannot fail to live with all the consequences of all our choices. Sic semper nobis, sic etiam mihi. Thus always to us, thus even to me. Your money? Or your life? Your mind – the means of your life? Or your life – the end of your mind's devising? Lie or die? Can any such choice be made? And if it can't – what then? What if you choose neither? What then? I got mugged, that's what happened. Or almost...
  • How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established

    How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established As of late, we have seen the world led by the United States seeking to strip from Israel it present day borders and bullying them into a forced agreement with those who absolutely abhor them and seek their utter destruction. Sadly, America (who is governed at the moment by the progressive Left) has always been Israel’s strongest ally but at present has forsaken Israel and thrown them under the Middle East Islamic bus. With an anti-Israeli Europe and now a current anti-Israeli U.S. administration, Israel’s back is totally up against the wall...
  • (Vanity) God, Free Will, and Chess

    05/20/2011 9:06:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 30 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2011 | grey_whiskers
    One topic which has been the center of a great deal of controversy in Christian doctrine is that of free will. It has been discussed in various forms in St. Paul’ s epistle to the Romans, Chapter 9:Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that God's purpose in election might stand not by works but by him who calls--she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ Just as it is written: ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says...
  • The Divine Will and Human Freedom: A Thomistic Analysis

    05/06/2011 1:41:54 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 8 replies
    At the center of Nietzsche’s rejection of Christianity is the idea that Christianity involves an attack upon the human will. In The Antichrist he says the following: "The Christian conception of God…is one of the most corrupt conceptions of the divine ever attained on earth. It may even represent the low-water mark in the descending development of divine types.… God as the declaration of war against life, against nature, against the will to live! … God–the deification of nothingness, the will to nothingness pronounced holy!"1In this passage, and in much of his work, Nietzsche is reacting against a version of...
  • Lefties and Islamists

    12/12/2010 10:49:07 AM PST · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 8 replies
    Self | 12/12/10 | Phil Stone
    This is part of a talk I'm preparing on how lefties think (no need for snark - I know they don't really think). Conservatives are often puzzled by why lefties, particularly feminist or gay lefties, would support Islamists over, say, their fellow countrymen, particularly when they would be the first on the chopping/lashing/stoning block if Islamists actually took over. To understand why, you have to understand that lefties are extremely selective in assigning free will to others. It's what leads them to believe that conservatives are one of a)stupid b)brainwashed c)evil In the first two cases, conservatives are not assigned...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 9 - Of Free Will

    12/03/2010 11:44:31 AM PST · by HarleyD · 5 replies
    Chapter IX Of Free Will I. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that is neither forced, nor, by any absolute necessity of nature, determined good, or evil.[1] II. Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom, and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God;[2] but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it.[3] III. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation:[4] so as, a natural man, being altogether averse from that...
  • Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show! Uniting the Races with Truth Instead of Dividing them with Lies!

    11/15/2010 8:44:41 PM PST · by abigail2 · 30 replies
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  • An Open Letter to My Physicist Friend RE: Darwinism and the Problem of Free Will

    10/28/2010 10:49:08 AM PDT · by betty boop · 146 replies
    Conservative Underground | October 26, 2010 | Jean F. Drew
    An Open Letter to My Physicist Friend RE: Darwinism and the Problem of Free Will By Jean F. Drew Dear A — Regarding the discussion of “free will” at www.naturalism.org, you wrote: “I am surprised to find a ‘scientific naturalism’ so similar to the utmost banality, shallowness and false superficiality of the ‘scientific materialism’ that I [had] to learn in … school [during] the communist regime.” I think this is a very striking statement; and I understand what you mean. I read in your Book of the Living Universe long ago that you were aware of the problem of “tampering”...
  • DC March 10.02.10 - Communists, Socialists & SEIU Unite

    09/18/2010 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 18, 2010 | J.B. Williams
    For years, we have been telling American citizens that the Communist Party USA and Socialist Party USA members joined forces in an operation known today as the Democratic Socialists of America. Instead of working outside the two party systems, they established DSAUSA to work inside the two party system. We have documented that both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus are legislative apparatuses of the Democratic Socialists of America, all of which is openly documented on the DSAUSA site. The communist are not coming folks, they are already here, and they are the most effective political juggernaut in...
  • Resistance to Predestination, Analogy #1: The King of Asteroid #325

    08/25/2010 6:08:56 PM PDT · by grassboots.org · 19 replies
    www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | July 14, 2010 | David Shedlock
    In a delightful and widely acclaimed French novella, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a space traveler called “The Little Prince” visits an imaginary asteroid or planet named #325. The “king” of this domain has a very unusual view of his kingly powers as illustrated by this paragraph: “The little prince looked everywhere to find a place to sit down; but the entire planet was crammed and obstructed by the king's magnificent ermine robe. So he remained standing upright, and, since he was tired, he yawned. "It is contrary to etiquette to yawn in the presence of a king," the monarch...
  • Freedom, Virtue, and the State

    07/13/2010 8:08:58 PM PDT · by Delacon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | Sept. 10, 1963 | William F. Rickenbacker
      As the discussion of individual liberty and civil order enters its 2,363rd year, the forum welcomes a new voice, pleading for definition, definition. In the September 11, 1962 issue of National Review an essay of signal importance was published under the title, “Freedom or Virtue?” Written with the grace and knowledge typical of all of Brent Bozell's work, the essay mounted an attack on the “fusionist” efforts of Frank Meyer and Stanton Evans, in effect affirming that there can be no peaceful coexistence of the “libertarians” and the “traditionalists” among conservatives. First, let’s take a moment to review Mr....
  • Now scientists read your mind better than you can

    06/23/2010 9:07:09 PM PDT · by shibumi · 10 replies
    Reuters (US) ^ | June 22, 2010 | Maggie Fox
    * People were right about themselves just half the time * Technique might enhance advertising, education efforts By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - Brain scans may be able to predict what you will do better than you can yourself, and might offer a powerful tool for advertisers or health officials seeking to motivate consumers, researchers said on Tuesday. They found a way to interpret "real time" brain images to show whether people who viewed messages about using sunscreen would actually use sunscreen during the following week. The scans were more accurate than the volunteers...
  • Getting to Darwin: Obstacles to Accepting Evolution by Natural Selection (How to convince students)

    04/15/2010 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 582+ views
    Journal of Science and Education (via SpringerLink) ^ | August 2009 | Paul Thagard and Scott Findlay
    Paul Thagard1 and Scott Findlay1 Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada Published online: 20 August 2009 Abstract Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is central to modern biology, but is resisted by many people. This paper discusses the major psychological obstacles to accepting Darwin’s theory. Cognitive obstacles to adopting evolution by natural selection include conceptual difficulties, methodological issues, and coherence problems that derive from the intuitiveness of alternative theories. The main emotional obstacles to accepting evolution are its apparent conflict with valued beliefs about God, souls, and morality. We draw on the philosophy of science...
  • Mount Dora (Florida) doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere

    04/01/2010 8:33:01 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 72 replies · 3,640+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Stephen Hudak
    A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere." "I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it." The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama…seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not...
  • Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets

    03/31/2010 1:47:34 PM PDT · by llevrok · 53 replies · 1,316+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30th March 2010 | David Derbyshire
    Scientists have discovered a real-life 'moral compass' in the brain that controls how we judge other people's behaviour. The region, which lies just behind the right ear, becomes more active when we think about other people's misdemeanours or good works. In an extraordinary experiment, researchers were able to use powerful magnets to disrupt this area of the brain and make people temporarily less moral. The study highlights how our sense of right and wrong isn't just based on upbringing, religion or philosophy - but by the biology of our brains. Dr Liane Young, who led the study, said: 'You think...
  • What Do Philosophers Believe? Survey: Part II

    03/30/2010 6:03:10 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 383+ views
    #4 God: theism or atheism? 73% went with atheism, about 15% with theism. This, of course, is the question. What’s most interesting about it, academically speaking, is that arguments for atheism usually consist of arguments against theism. I mean, a philosopher will triumphantly announce a new line of thought which, say, invalidates the ontological argument (a popular attempt at proving God’s existence), and then say, to himself only, “Well, that’s that. Since I can’t accept any of the arguments that prove God’s existence, then God must not exist. Plus, look at my fancy new smart phone, built on the laws...
  • *VIDEO* Free Will Arminianism: The Root of (Christian) Liberalism?

    02/28/2010 6:01:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 445+ views
    You Tube ^ | The Apologetics Group
    A 10-minute historical look at one of the most enduring theological debates within the Christian religion. The scholars in the video make a case for how and why Arminianism (Free Will theology) is the root of the vast liberalism we see in the professing church today (and arguably the liberalism we see in the greater Western culture and modern world.)
  • *VIDEO* If Calvinism is True, Why Evangelize?

    02/28/2010 3:40:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies · 739+ views
    "Some of the greatest evangelists in the history of the church have for the most part, been Calvinists."
  • Does Free Will Really Exist?

    02/26/2010 8:33:42 AM PST · by honestabe010 · 65 replies · 868+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | February 26, 2010
    The primary objection to the notion of free will comes from atheistic contemplation and is defined as determinism. There are other objections, notably the Calvinistic view that would reject free will on the basis that God predestined certain people to be saved. For the purposes of this article I will address the former. Determinism asserts that human beings are nothing more than matter. It declares that consciousness as well as the notion of the soul is a fabrication of religion. To determinists man is a carbon based computer, nothing more than a sophisticated robot. According to such logic man should...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Free Will Trumps Catholic Church's Pro-Life Teachings on Abortion

    12/29/2009 2:08:32 PM PST · by jacknhoo · 83 replies · 2,262+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 28, 2009 | by Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The rift between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Catholic Church will likely grow thanks to new comments the abortion advocate made. Pelosi said in a new interview that the "free will" of women wanting abortions outweighs pro-life Catholic teachings. Newsweek's Eleanor Clift conducted a year-end interview with Pelosi. The conversation turned to the topic of abortion and health care and Pelosi blasted the Catholic bishops for their opposition to the pro-abortion bill. She tells Clift it was frustrating that Catholic bishops "were not willing to accept what we know to be a fact" -- that...
  • Bad Apple: Five Classic Apple Marketing Tactics That Lock You In

    11/05/2009 10:37:52 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 91 replies · 2,114+ views
    PC World ^ | Nov 3, 2009 6:15 pm | Dan Tynan
    When you buy an Apple device, you're often locked in to buying other Apple products that are compatible with it. Here are five examples, and some advice on what to do. Oh, wait--there's nothing you can do.Once you enter the Big Tent of Apple, it's exceedingly hard to find the exit. Over its 33-year history, Apple has consistently elected to limit consumer choice, creating a situation known as "lock in." As soon as you start buying stuff from Apple, you'll find it difficult to move to products made by someone else without losing everything you've already paid for. Of course,...
  • Do I Have Free Will?

    03/13/2009 6:23:55 AM PDT · by marbren · 141 replies · 1,260+ views
    marbren
    Do I have free will? One problem I have with this question is that it gives me some sense of control, an illusion of control, for my own eternal destiny. Pride is at the door ready to pounce. Another problem is that if I am “in” Christ Jesus, in other words under grace, spiritual, in the “being” mode, abiding “in” the vine, living in the “now” and truly alive, in truth with the only true freedom that exists, then I am a slave to Christ Jesus. If I am not “in” Christ Jesus but know “of” Christ Jesus, in other...
  • Do subatomic particles have free will?

    08/16/2008 6:40:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies · 403+ views
    Science News ^ | 8/15/08 | Julie Rehmeyer
    If we have free will, so do subatomic particles, mathematicians claim to prove.“If the atoms never swerve so as to originate some new movement that will snap the bonds of fate, the everlasting sequence of cause and effect—what is the source of the free will possessed by living things throughout the earth?”—Titus Lucretius Carus, Roman philosopher and poet, 99–55 BC. Human free will might seem like the squishiest of philosophical subjects, way beyond the realm of mathematical demonstration. But two highly regarded Princeton mathematicians, John Conway and Simon Kochen, claim to have proven that if humans have even the tiniest...
  • Case Closed for Free Will?

    04/17/2008 12:12:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 347+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 14 April 2008 | Elsa Youngsteadt
    Coffee or tea with lunch? Which pants to wear to work? Which movie to watch? Your mind might be made up before you know it. Researchers have found patterns of brain activity that predict people's decisions up to 10 seconds before they're aware they've made a choice. In the 1980s, psychologist Benjamin Libet of the University of California, San Francisco, caught people's brains jumping the gun on consciousness. A few hundred milliseconds before a person thought he or she decided to press a button, brain areas related to movement were already active. The result was hard for some to stomach...
  • Barack Obama Has a Point (No Kidding)

    04/15/2008 8:06:22 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 17 replies · 105+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 15 April 2008 | .cnI redruM
    Barack Obama has a point. There are a group of people who are seeing it all slip away. They grab onto what they can hold and use these illusory points of reference as a substitute for genuine power and verifiable free will. They indulge in bong hits of false consciousness to the point where they genuinely believe that reality is the wasteland for individuals not up to the task of handling the narcotic of intellectual self-justification. Barack missed the metro train when he assigned these characteristics to small towns scattered throughout the American Hinterland of Central and Western Pennsylvania. America’s...
  • Election of the saints: without it, nobody would be saved.

    02/29/2008 3:00:12 AM PST · by Manfred the Wonder Dawg · 22 replies · 174+ views
    Founders Ministry ^ | ERNEST C. REISINGER
    ELECTION "Election is God's eternal choice of PERSONS unto everlasting life -- NOT BECAUSE OF FORESEEN MERIT IN THEM, but of His mere mercy in Christ - in consequence of which choice they are called, justified, and glorified." How Important is the Doctrine of Election????? This Important IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION, NO ONE WOULD BE SAVED ! ! ! WHAT ELECTION IS NOT: * Not salvation, but unto salvation. 11 Thes. 2:13, 14; Eph. 1:4; Rom. 8:29, 30. * Not exclusive of means. II Thes. 2:14; Eph. 1:5, 13; II Tim. 2:10; I Pet. 1:2....
  • God's gift to us: Radical Freedom (Process Theology and the existence of natural evils)

    12/10/2007 5:20:09 AM PST · by connell · 9 replies · 76+ views
    ModernConservative.com ^ | Christopher Cook
    By Christopher CookLast night, my wife showed me an article about a young girl with an inoperable brain tumor, a little girl who has been given three months to live. The question in the air was why couldn't that Omaha mall murderer have gotten a brain tumor instead of this little girl? A couple of years back, a dear old friend (and former man of the cloth) and I had discussions along this general line. He introduced me to the concept of process theology, and we talked about the following question: How could an omni-benevolent God allow rocks to fall...
  • Understanding Free Will

    12/01/2007 12:27:30 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 43+ views
    Reformation Theology ^ | Pastor John Samson
    Why are you reading this? Yes, this particular sentence? There are billions of sentences out there just waiting to be read, in many different languages, but right now, you are reading this one. Why? Well, it could be that some reformed and crazed individual has put a gun to your head and told you that if you did not read this article he would shoot you. He would definitely be what I refer to as a "caged stage Calvinist," when after coming to understand the doctrines of grace, for a period of a couple of years or so, he needs...
  • About Evil

    10/16/2007 3:49:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 93+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 16, 2007 | Selwyn Duke
    Man has long asked how a loving God could allow evil to exist in the world.  It's an age-old philosophical question that can cause those who want faith to doubt and those who want to doubt to mock faith.  A Christian's answer to this question is "free will," a concept critics may regard as something reduced to a convenient cliché.  The truth is, though, that this is a most fascinating subject to inquisitive minds. The two qualities that make us like God are intellect and free will, despite the fact that the former can seem as lacking as the latter is...
  • Predestination vs. Free Will

    07/26/2007 8:40:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies · 1,075+ views
    Christian Worldview Network ^ | 07/25/2007 | Chuck Missler
    "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever..." - Deuteronomy 29:29 From the beginning of time, thinkers have puzzled over the paradox of fate vs. free will, or predestination vs. free choice. In theological terms, this leads to the struggle between Calvinism and Arminianism. As we explore this paradox, we find that examining the fruit of each position reveals that the River of Life seems to flow between these two extremes, and that once again, truth involves a careful balance. At the heart of the...
  • Calvinist Church Dumps Free Will Offerings

    07/11/2007 1:09:57 PM PDT · by ensignsj · 8 replies · 482+ views
    *Pastor Says New "Election Collections" Better Reflect Church Doctrine HARTFORD, CT – The moment of conviction came at what many would see as a rather inopportune time for Hartford Community Church Pastor Jeremy Galan. "We'd just taken one of our so-called 'free will offerings' after a singing group from Liberty University came to perform for us," Galan said. "We were counting up the money in the back to cut the group a check when I realized that what we were doing by calling this a 'free will offering' was unwittingly promoting the heretical doctrine of free will. It just goes...
  • The Selfish Nature of Man means he will only choose God for reward or avoidence of punishment.

    04/22/2007 7:20:02 AM PDT · by Rhadaghast · 25 replies · 751+ views
    Jeremiah Project ^ | 4/22/07 | Rhadaghast
    I need to desrcibe succinctly several different philosopies of the nature of man. I will also need to support this with citations. I believe that man is inheirently selfish, prone to promote self above all else. His natural bent will be self gratification devolving into ever lower levels of depravity. Without the tempering influence of the Holy Spirit, or the presence of the conscience there is no hope that man will attempt to do good. The good that he does attempt without these influences or after 'quenching the spirit' or 'searing the conscience' all his efforts result from the basic...
  • A Special New York Times Editorial

    03/11/2007 12:45:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 652+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2007 | Tibor R. Machan
    The following is a New York Times editorial that will never be written by the editors there: We here at The New York Times want to announce a new policy. This is that we will no longer criticize anyone, nor praise anyone. We will, in other words, hold no one responsible for his or her conduct. We institute this policy in light of the columns published recently in our pages arguing that human beings have no free will, that they cannot choose their own conduct. If this is so, as we believe it is-we haven't published anyone arguing the opposite...
  • God Created the Angels as Individual, Immortal Spirits with Intelligence and Free Will

    01/12/2007 1:59:23 PM PST · by stfassisi · 8 replies · 495+ views
    At the Beginning of Time, God Created the Angels as Individual, Immortal Spirits with Intelligence and Free Will by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Before we say anything else, I think we should ask ourselves: Why have twelve teleconferences on the angels and demons? This is no idle question because for many people angels and demons are figments of a pious or frightened imagination. In the Anglo-Saxon world, we are so preoccupied with the material world that surrounds us, that we have practically come to identify reality with matter. A standard dictionary definition tells the readers that “matter” is “to...
  • Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t

    01/02/2007 5:08:42 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 87 replies · 2,799+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2 January 2007 | Dennis Overbye
    “Is it an illusion? That’s the question,” said Michael Silberstein, a science philosopher at Elizabethtown College in Maryland. Another question, he added, is whether talking about this in public will fan the culture wars. “If people freak at evolution, etc.,” he wrote in an e-mail message, “how much more will they freak if scientists and philosophers tell them they are nothing more than sophisticated meat machines, and is that conclusion now clearly warranted or is it premature?” Daniel C. Dennett, a philosopher and cognitive scientist at Tufts University who has written extensively about free will, said that “when we consider...
  • Fine Young Calvinists

    11/13/2006 9:41:43 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies · 614+ views
    get underground.com ^ | 10.14.06 | Paul Mathers
    A seminary student tells this story about the first day of a class. The professor was the well known Reformed theologian and Presbyterian pastor R.C. Sproul. Sproul stormed into class on the first day, slammed his Bible on the desk and said, "You are all very very bad and God is very very mad!" I plan on telling that to my children before they go to sleep every night. There's a movement growing in young protestants in America over the past decade or so. It's called Calvinism and there are pastors around who would kill all the babies of this...
  • St. Irenaeus on Free Will (Adversus Haereses IV,37)

    09/26/2006 3:48:44 PM PDT · by annalex · 51 replies · 1,567+ views
    The Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | AD 150-202 | St. Irenaeus
    Adversus Haereses (Book IV, Chapter 37) Men are possessed of free will, and endowed with the faculty of making a choice. It is not true, therefore, that some are by nature good, and others bad. 1. This expression [of our Lord], "How often would I have gathered thy children together, and thou wouldest not," set forth the ancient law of human liberty, because God made man a free [agent] from the beginning, possessing his own power, even as he does his own soul, to obey the behests (ad utendum sententia) of God voluntarily, and not by compulsion of God. For...
  • The Silence Of God (God Did Not Build Auschwitz; Man Did. Free Will Alert)

    06/04/2006 11:02:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 43 replies · 998+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 05/05/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    "Where was God in those days?" asked Pope Benedict XVI as he stood in Auschwitz last week. "Why was he silent? How could he permit this endless slaughter, this triumph of evil?" It is the inevitable question in Auschwitz, that vast factory of death where the Nazis tortured, starved, shot, and gassed to death as many as a million and a half innocent human beings, most of them Jews. "In a place like this, words fail," Benedict said. "In the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord,...
  • Determined Freewill-What do you think?

    05/10/2006 3:12:30 PM PDT · by conserv371 · 22 replies · 207+ views
    May 10, 2006 | conserv 371
    Many times googling I find the argument of determinism vs. freewill. It's all fixed or the future is totally unpredictable. I've come to an idea called determined freewill which states that there is a script for all and when the "play of history" has ended all will have followed this script exactly as it is written. Is this saying that everything is done is moral? No. It is saying that our freewill choices are predictable as well as directed by God. God prohibits, permits and causes what occurs from the beginning of time to the end of it. Jesus said...
  • Scientists find brain cells linked to choice

    04/23/2006 6:09:32 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 17 replies · 643+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sun Apr 23, 2006 | Anon Reuters Science Stringer
    If choosing the right outfit or whether to invest in stocks or bonds is difficult, it may not be just indecisiveness but how brain cells assign values to different items, scientists said on Sunday. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston have identified neurons, or brain cells, that seem to play a role in how a person selects different items or goods. Scientists have known that cells in different parts of the brain react to attributes such as color, taste or quantity. Dr Camillo Padaoa-Schioppa and John Assad, an associate professor of neurobiology, found neurons involved in assigning values that...
  • Free Will v. Fate Resolved?

    02/14/2006 7:10:30 PM PST · by NietzschesJoker · 12 replies · 252+ views
    Me | 2/14/2006 | Self
    Greetings. I think I have resolved the matter of fate and free will. Please criticize me. Thank you. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE The quandary posed by the perennial matter of fate v. free will is complicated, but I believe I have resolved it as much as such a thing can be resolved. First, free will in itself is a misnomer--I am not even sure what our will is expected to be free from. External influence? Internal influence? Even if we could live free from all influence whatsoever, which is impossible, we did not create ourselves in the beginning. You would...
  • THE FREE-WILL OF MAN

    01/25/2006 1:25:12 PM PST · by xzins · 943 replies · 5,050+ views
    God Rules ^ | Jacob Arminius
    III. THE FREE-WILL OF MAN This is my opinion concerning the free-will of man: In his primitive condition as he came out of the hands of his creator, man was endowed with such a portion of knowledge, holiness and power, as enabled him to understand, esteem, consider, will, and to perform the true good, according to the commandment delivered to him. Yet none of these acts could he do, except through the assistance of Divine Grace. But in his lapsed and sinful state, man is not capable, of and by himself, either to think, to will, or to do that...
  • Synergism & Freewillism Commonly Taught in Modern Pulpits

    01/16/2006 12:59:35 AM PST · by Gamecock · 191 replies · 1,241+ views
    Monergism ^ | John Hendryx
    "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be." Rom. 8:7 Our theology really reflects how we think about God. When we have poor theology it reveals that we are thinking wrong thoughts about God. Wrong thoughts about God dishonor Him. Good theology, then, means that we are thinking more closely in line with His revelation about Himself, and therefore honor Him with our thoughts. A.W. Tozer once remarked: "The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him." I would...
  • Greta Van Susteren Cleans Up in Aruba

    08/08/2005 12:08:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 79 replies · 3,105+ views
    MyWay.com | AP ^ | 8/7/05 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK (AP) - Bringing a microphone and camera crew to the gates of an Aruba landfill this past week, Greta Van Susteren returned to the island that her nightly Fox News Channel program has figuratively called home recently. Van Susteren's "On the Record" has relentlessly followed the mysterious disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway of Alabama while on a graduation trip to Aruba in May. Critics find it an obsession bordering on the bizarre, twisting traditional notions of news judgment and becoming Exhibit A in the media's fascination with missing people - as long as they happen to be young,...
  • Choosing To Fail(Old article, but valid for these times of Islamic violence)

    07/28/2005 10:53:56 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 16 replies · 587+ views
    City Journal (England) ^ | 10-01-2000 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The children of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent make up a quarter of all British medical students, 12 times their proportion in the general population. They are likewise overrepresented in the law, science, and economics faculties of our universities. Among the Indian immigrants who arrived in the country with next to nothing, moreover, there are now reportedly some thousands of millionaires. Despite its reputation for being ossified and class-ridden, then, Britain is still a country in which social mobility is possible—provided, of course, that a belief that Britain is an ossified and class-ridden society doesn't completely stifle personal effort. It...