April 29 Service: “Free Will vs. Determination”

This Sunday, Ryan Terry will discuss Free Will vs. Determination.

The question of free will is one which has been hotly debated for millennia. Some people believe that humans have the capacity for free will – the ability to choose their actions without being forced to follow a certain course by either by the influence of others or by natural laws. For many theists, free will is regarded as a special gift from God. The notion of human free will is also an important premise for a lot of what happens in human society.

Free will is necessary for the notion of personal responsibility. If people do not have free will, then it is difficult to argue that they are personally and morally responsible for their actions – and if that is the case, how can they be punished for their misdeeds? In fact, how can they be praised for the good things they do, if those actions were not also freely chosen?

Does a person really have free will or does a person’s environment, experiences and so forth mask a person’s real ability to have free will?

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Twin Falls Senior Center, Twin Falls, Idaho
Beginning at 10:30 AM