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If God knows everything there is no such thing as free will. Discuss

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'If God knows everything there is no such thing as free will' Discuss The word omniscience means all-knowing, Judaism, Christianity and Islam all teach that God is omniscient; however there is often dispute as to exactly how much he does know and if he really does know everything does this diminish our freedom to act as we please? God's knowledge of the future may have great implications for the idea of human free will, if God knows that something will happen tomorrow then it is impossible for us to do anything else, similarly if we decide to change our mind at the last minute God even knows this. ...read more.


Instead of defining it was 'I could have done otherwise' maybe we should say that we are free if we were not under any external constraint and were amongst the causes of our actions. This is known as soft determinism; in other words this is an attempt to combine the opposing theories of libertarianism (total freedom) and hard determinism (no freedom), this theory teaches that freedom to act is doing what we want to, without any external interference and completely voluntary but that our own values, desires and general psyche determine how we will act in certain situations. ...read more.


Some thinkers concede that free will is not possible. They argue that God is omniscience and free will is only apparent. These views fall in line with predestination (the belief that God chooses some to be saved) One final solution to God's omniscience overpowering our free will is the idea of timelessness. Richard Swinburne believes that God is everlasting and progresses through time. He defines omniscience in a similar way to omnipotence. Basically it is not to know everything, but knowledge of everything that is logically possible to know. Hod's knowledge may include all future events that are predictable by physical laws but leaves aside free will choice. He also suggests that omniscience may even leave room for God's free choices, for example responding to people's prayers ...read more.

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