Two dead theologians and two living atheists debate free will….at least in my most recent blog book.
Freedom can be defined as the possession of the ability, opportunity and desire to do what would bring one the most joy. John Piper describes it as, “Full freedom is what you have when no lack of opportunity, no lack of ability, and no lack of desire prevents you from doing what will make you the happiest in a thousand years.” True freedom is absolutely contingent on the existence of a loving Creator who is both Transcendent and Imminent. Without God we are forced to serve as our highest goal, our only measure, and our final hope.
The last paragraph of the humanist manifesto from 1933 states:
“So stand the theses of religious humanism. Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task.”
The late Francis Schaeffer aptly stated, “Humanists have both feet firmly planted in midair.” Without God there is no basis for values, significance or free will. In stark contrast, Jesus, the Incarnate Word, has stepped into our reality to offer us the ability, opportunity and desire to choose a life that our fallen world could never offer in a million years.
Check out my most recent blog book “For Freedom Christ Set Us Free” to read a brief summary of a hypothetical conversation between G.K. Chesterton, Bernard Iddings Bell, Will Provine and Richard Dawkins.