The controversy between free will and determinism has been argued about for
years. What is the difference between the two? Looking in a dictionary, free will is the
power, attributed to human beings, of making free choices that are unconstrained by
external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will. Free will allows free
choice. Yet, determinism is the total opposite. Determinism has this definition: The
philosophical doctrine that every event, act, and decision is the inescapable consequence
of antecedents that are independent of the human will. Determinism states that humans
have no free will to choose what they wish. That seems real extreme and harsh. Even
though this is what determinism is, doesn't mean that the determinists are trying to steal
your freedom. It's only what they believe because of religion and cause and effect. In
religion, many people believe in the existence of a god supports determinism.
The basis of
god is that he is all-knowing and all-powerful. If free will is allowed, there would be
decisions and actions in which God could not know due to the person's choice. This
would limit God's omnipotence, which is unacceptable to some. The other argument for
determinism is causation, or causes and effects. This argument depends on relationships
that should happen with the same results every time, such as a baseball breaking a
window, breaking the window. Basing on this, everything in the universe has a
cause. And if all the causes and the events were known, then it would be possible to
easily predict the future. If everything can be foreseen, then this proves that nothing that
anyone does can change the courses of the future. This, of course, is not possible.
Determinism says that what you do can be the cause of what your...