Freewill vs Determination

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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...