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Why Did God Create Adam and Eve if He Knew They Would Sin?

| May 26, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Some people wonder why God created human beings if he knew we would reject him and bring sin into the world. The answer seems to be that God desired to have a relationship with creatures that would freely love him.  Only creatures with a moral conscience and an ability to freely […]

Is God Sovereign or Does Man Have Free Will?

| April 24, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt   Some Christians believe that God’s sovereignty over events on earth means that he ignores or overrides the free will of human beings. Other Christians believe that God only makes decisions after seeing what human beings will decide, and thus he is not really sovereign over everything. Under this second view, […]

Why Is Physicalism Self-Refuting? Part 2

| April 30, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this series, we argued that physicalism and determinism are self-refuting because they undermine rationality.  At the end of part 1, we said that there are three conditions of rationality that physicalism does not allow, and Dr. Moreland explains them below: First, humans must have genuine intentionality; they must […]

Is Free Will Possible for the Physicalist?

| April 25, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt If you recall, at the end of the series comparing physicalism and dualism, I promised to look at additional problems for physicalism.  Before doing so, let me remind you what physicalists believe.  Here is philosopher J. P. Moreland: According to physicalism, a human being is merely a physical entity.  The only […]

Is the Human Mind Like Computer Software?

| July 20, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt The question of the origin of human rationality plagues the atheistic naturalist worldview – the worldview that says that all that exists ultimately is matter governed by the laws of physics.  If every event that has ever occurred and ever will occur is determined by physical laws, then how are humans […]

Why Does a Good Creature Choose Evil?

| July 19, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Since the Fall, we know why people choose evil – we are all born with original sin that saturates our soul.  The Fall, however, does not explain why Adam and Eve, or even Satan, used their free will to choose evil, to reject God. This question may never be answered this […]

Of What Does Man’s Free Will Not Consist?

| May 4, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt In the past when I’ve discussed free will in the context of the problem of evil, I have had skeptics come along and deny that God has granted humans free will because children who choose not to be molested are sometimes molested, or women who choose not to be raped are […]

What Is the Cause of Our Salvation?

| April 2, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt This question first came to a dramatic head in the church in the fifth and sixth centuries.  There were four main protagonists. Augustine of Hippo argued that salvation is totally and causatively of God’s grace. A contemporary of Augustine, Pelagius, argued that salvation is totally and causatively of man’s free will. […]

Can God Know Our Future Free Actions?

| January 7, 2010

Post Author: Darrell I recently had a conversation with Seth over on Markcares’s blog regarding God’s foreknowledge. Seth believes that man’s freedom is incompatible with God’s foreknowledge. As a result, he believes that God cannot know the future. Here are a couple of his comments. A being is not “free” unless capable of acting otherwise […]

Will You Give Up Your Free Will to Rid the World of Evil?

| November 5, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt One of the most common objections to belief in God is the problem of evil.  One form of the problem of evil sounds like this: “I can’t believe in a God who allows children to be sexually molested.  If there was a God, He wouldn’t allow such things to occur.” I […]

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