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Why We Remain Free Despite Our Fallen Nature

Evil is not a created thing, but is instead the measure of the extent to which a particular thought or act deviates from “the good.” That was the point of a recent.  Drawing on the work of Augustine and other early [Read More]

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Can Free Will Be Reconciled with Predetermination

Free will” occupies a central position in Christian theology. Without it, there would be no basis upon which a fair God could hold us accountable for our acts of rebellion against Him. But some Christians also hold a view that [Read More]

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Should God Have Given Us Free Will?

             “Do Christians actually believe that it is a preferable state of affairs to have God bestow free will on those he creates, even though it always has and always will result in the atrocities [Read More]

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The Consequences of Rebellion

Imagine a time in the not too distant future. Trying to compensate for a declining population, scientists use advanced technology to build a “race” of robots, giving then not only human appearance and abilities, but also increasing amounts of “artificial [Read More]

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Can We Sin in Heaven?

Few people today find apologetics to be a stimulating pasttime. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the efforts of the apologist to be met by a yawn, or a quizzical look. But for those inclined to ponder inponderables, dialogue with [Read More]

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Why God is Jealous

The Old Testament contains passages in which God is described as “jealous.” For instance, in Exodus 20, God’s Ten Commandments to the Israelites include the admonition not to worship false idols, with God explaining that “I, the Lord your God, [Read More]

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Why We Must Consent To Salvation

Many atheists reject Christianity because of what they see as a profound unfairness. Why would a loving God, they ask, throw someone in Hell for eternity for a relatively minor sin? The punishment, they conclude, does not fit the crime. [Read More]

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Why Our Circumstances Don’t Negate Free Will

In my last post, I considered the question of whether God should have made us less susceptible to temptation. I concluded that the temptation to sin is a necessary corollary of the existence of free will. God could have made [Read More]

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Why God’s Omnipotence Does Not Make Us Robots

My last post conveyed some reflections on the origin and purpose of free will. I tried to make the case that free will is not a design flaw that condemns us to hell; it is rather a valuable gift which [Read More]

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Is Free Will a Design Flaw?

Many people take for granted that we have “free will” and view it as the way things should be. Who would want to be controlled by another if they could, instead, decide their own future?  But not everyone shares that [Read More]

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How Free Is Free Will?

Questions of free will can often pose major stumbling blocks for skeptics and believers alike. How can God be omnipotent and omniscient and create beings who can somehow surprise him when they rebel? How can it be fair for God [Read More]

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Were We Designed By God To Sin?

Non-believers have a hard time understanding why God would be angry with his creation. Why would God want to punish us at all, let alone for all eternity, for simply being what he made us to be? After all, they [Read More]

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Does God’s Knowledge Eliminate Our Free Will?

Grappling with temporal concepts is an intriguing mental exercise, but one that often leaves people with more questions than when they began. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the question of reconciling our capacity for free will with God’s [Read More]

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Waiting For the Right Time to Witness

Not long ago, my teenage son and I settled down to watch the miniseries “The Pacific.” It’s a gripping production of war in the Pacific in World War 2, following the lives of several young Marines. We’re both history buffs, [Read More]

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