Free Will

The Logical Hexagon Made Simple

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by: Greg Boyd The Hexagaon in a Nutshell For those of you who don’t have the twenty to thirty minutes it will probably take to read this essay but who nevertheless would like to have…

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Boyd’s Bad Ass Tattoo

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by: Greg Boyd In the process of working through a philosophical issue surrounding the openness of the future around twenty years ago, I and two friends (Alan Rhoda and Tom Belt) ended up creating the…

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Did Free Will Evolve? (podcast)

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Greg considers how free will emerged from the churning chaos of evolution..  Episode 613 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0613.mp3

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How Much of the Future is Settled? How Much is Open? (podcast)

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Greg considers the mathematical nature of determinacy.  Episode 566 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0566.mp3

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5 Ways the Bible Supports Open Theism

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Open Theism refers to the belief that God created a world in which possibilities are real. It contrasts with Classical Theism which holds that all the facts of world history are eternally settled, either by God willing…

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How People Misunderstand Open Theism

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Open theism holds that, because agents are free, the future includes possibilities (what agents may and may not choose to do). Since God’s knowledge is perfect, open theists hold that God knows the future partly as a realm of…

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Did God Predestine Judas to Betray Jesus? (podcast)

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Greg talks about the role Judas played in the crucifixion of Jesus and speculates about his potential for good.  Episode 516 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0516.mp3

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What Does It Mean that God Hardens Hearts?

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Some argue that passages which speak of God hardening human hearts (Jos 11:19-20; Ex 7:3; 10:1; Rom 9:18) demonstrate that God controls everything, including people resistant to this declared intentions. He hardens whomever he wills,…

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If salvation depends on our free choice, how are we saved totally by grace?

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Question: I’m an Arminian-turned-Calvinist, and the thing that turned me was the realization that if salvation hinges on whether individuals choose to be saved or not, as Arminians and Open Theists believe, then we can’t…

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What is the biblical basis for “free will”?

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Question: Much of your theology depends on a supposed ability humans have to thwart God’s will by our free choices. But what is the biblical basis for your conclusion that people have “freedom”—at least “freedom”…

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Where is Human Free Will in the Bible?

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The Bible is emphatic on its teaching that humans possess free will and are capable of originating evil. Notice, for example, that in the very first chapter of the Bible God commands humans to be…

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Three Arguments Against Determinism

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There was an interesting article in the NY Times yesterday by John Tierney entitled “Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It’s The Only Choice.” The article reviews research that suggests that everybody intuitively believes people are…

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Podcast: Why Must God Wait for Prayer to Meet Our Needs?

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Is God a bad father? Greg explores the intricacies and nuances of prayer. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0404.mp3

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Podcast: If Our Names Have Been in the Book of Life Since Before Creation, Are We Still Free?

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Greg considers the documentation habits of the Lord.   http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0382.mp3

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A Metaphysical Defense of Free Will

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Warning: As the title of this post may have already suggested, this post is a bit heady – and a bit long. I’m going to get into some rather tall metaphysical grass as I go…

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Podcast: Doesn’t Jesus Violate the Free Will of Demons When He Casts Them Out?

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Greg discusses the free will of demons and speculates on whether God is ever violent towards spiritual entities. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0163.mp3

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Podcast: Do Open Theists Believe that God EVER Intercedes Directly in the World?

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Greg considers God’s intervention in light of human prayer, and discusses the covenant of non-coercion. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0122.mp3 [3] Swain, 40. Photo via Ted Van Peltflickr.com

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Podcast: Will We Have Free Will in Heaven?

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Greg discusses the afterlife and the type of freedom we might have there. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0103.mp3

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Podcast: Are We REALLY Free if God is Going to Ultimately Trump Our Choices?

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Greg looks at the nature of freewill, specifically: how God’s promises constricts human free will. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0070.mp3

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Does God Intervene?

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Given the vast influence of angelic and human free will, what influence does God have in determining what comes to pass? While God has an important role to play in anticipating and creatively responding to…

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