This weekend I read an article about the paradox of free will. I didn’t know such paradox existed so I did a little research and discovered:
“The paradox of free will is a philosophical problem that has been debated for centuries. It arises from the apparent incompatibility of two seemingly contradictory propositions:
- Humans have free will. This means that we are capable of making choices that are not determined by prior events or by any other external factors.
- The universe is deterministic. This means that every event that happens is caused by a previous event, and so on, all the way back to the Big Bang.
If the universe is deterministic, then it seems that our choices cannot be truly free. After all, if every event is caused by a previous event, then our choices must also be caused by something. And if our choices are caused, then they are not free.
There are a number of ways to try to resolve this paradox. One way is to argue that the universe is not deterministic after all. This is the position of indeterminism. Indeterminism holds that there are some events that are truly random, and that these random events can give rise to free will.
Another way to resolve the paradox is to argue that free will and determinism are not incompatible after all. This is the position of compatibilism. Compatibilism holds that free will is compatible with determinism, even though our choices are not ultimately uncaused.”
Frankly, I think we complicate things when the simplest answer is usually the best. God gives each of us free will up to a limit. What that limit is up for discussion.