May 26th: Free Will, Does it Exist?

Free Will, Does it Exist? The question of free will has been hotly debated for centuries. Some people believe 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.

Is free will is necessary for the notion of personal responsibility? Does free will exist? 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? On the other hand, 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? Members and visitors are encouraged to join the conversation on what constitutes free will.

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls. Newcomers are always welcome. Childcare is available. We are handicapped accessible. For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

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