Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Opus 2016-117: Rejecting B.F. Skinner

I was listening to a podcast from William Lane Craig.  He was on a tangent that involved the question of free will verses the concepts of irresistible grace and perseverance of the saints.  For those of you not into theological terms that is a question of whether you have free will or not.  I believe in secular philosophy B.F. Skinner taught the idea that everything is predetermined.  He was trying to explain how God can know what you will do and at the same time you can make free choices.

He mentioned his wife.  He postulated a situation where she was presented with two plates.  The first plate offered a choice of liver and onions.  The second plate was filled with chocolate chip cookies.  She had to make a choice.  He said he knew what she would choose.  I can also tell you now which I would chose.  She has free will in the matter.  Noone is compelling her.  He knew what she would choose. 

In the same way, God can know what we will do because He knows us.  If we in our limited knowledge can make sound predictions then God with His infinite knowledge can certainly do as well.

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