I have been trying to read Afraid to Believe in Free Will for a long time and can’t get past the first few pages. For the following reasons I have procrastinated:
Thomas Nelson Company has stood for Bibles, and other fiction/nonfiction books dealing with faith in God so long that it has developed a reputation stating it has a belief in God itself. I began reading AFRAID TO BELIEVE IN FREE WILL, then stopped after the first page. The author evidently believes in evolution, not God. I tried to continue reading, but why finish the reading when I’ve already formed an opinion and when the author believes in evolution? In fact, he believes evolution has stopped only temporarily while it waits for people to accept free will.
The author stated: “I’ve become certain that long, long ago, after eons of restless evolution, there came a time of silent crossing into true human freedom. We do not know exactly when that threshold was reached, but with that crossing came mysterious free will and frightening responsibilities so awesome as to allow for the possibility of evil. We have come to a time when evolution will go no further unless humans freely choose to make it so. The mechanics and the dynamics of pre-human evolution are now mixed with the activity of conscious choice, a rich freedom that nevertheless places further progress in jeopardy. If we deny our freedom of choice or misuse it by failing to take part in ongoing change, we cannot continue to progress.” He also believes free will is hard to define; that defining determinism is easier.
From this statement alone I understand: the author believes in evolution, he beieves humans deny they have free will, so how can he believe in God and the everlasting life the Bible teaches us?
I refute his argument that people deny they have free will. It is their knowledge and belief in their free will that causes them to do whatsoever they want to do then either pretend they didn’t know what they were doing when they do bad or else blame their bad behavior on someone or something else. This goes all the way back to Adam and Eve in the Garden. This is a rotten argument not worthy of someone with education and/or someone that believes in God, but it is not surprising to have the educated believe these things. In my 66 years I have come across people without education portraying common sense and intelligence and people with education making foolish mistakes their education should have avoided. People may not fully understand why we can do what we want to or how we got this ability, but people do know they have free will and can do anything they want to do. Children in the fifth grade classes I have taught know they have free will and exercise this will freely to the point of going to detention yet while they are forced to face their actions they will always blame it on someone else or something else just like Adam did in the Garden.
One more point–Free will is very easy to define. Free will was given to humans by the Lord God when He created Adam and Eve and it simply states that we can do whatsoever we want to do. However, the consequences of free will always have to be faced whether we do bad or good.
One cannot serve God and believe in evolution.