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The ramifications of free will theology?

#1  Postby Keep It Real » Jun 06, 2021 5:16 pm

Religions have it that humans have free will, and as Ben Stein put it in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, under atheism there can be no free will. This fact is detailed fairly thoroughly by Sam Harris in his book on the topic.

It strikes me that the free will issue is the number one dilemma and grey area surrounding the theism/atheism debate. Society demands we are held overwhelmingly responsible for our actions, although in truth we are, ultimately, not.

My (recent) conclusion is that, simply put, people can take responsibility for their actions, even if there is no free will (which seems proven TBH), and that in taking responsibility improved outcomes which ARE REAL (unlike the existence of free will), as real as a chocolate cake or chandelier, occur. In that way the issue can be resolved in a tangible, real world, solid facet. Voila.

The good, the bad and the ugly - humans need claim responsibility. I'd go even further in fact, and say that it is that taking of responsibility which is the definitive and paragon of being a mature human adult. A responsible adult - there's that word again: responsibility.

If it were up to me there's be a big song and dance ritual where teenagers undertake they formally take responsibility for their actions...I guess teenager is the right age range (Julia Sweeny relayed that her father told her that age was 7 years, according to God, IIRC, but that seems a little young to really lock it down IMO). A coming of age type affair.

I'm sort of....annoyed? that I had to work all this out for myself at the age of approaching 40. It took that long I think largely because society is so virtually unanimously "on the fence" or even "in denial" about the (non) existence of free will (the thread here on free will is approaching 700 pages, for example).

As I've solemnly vowed to take responsibility for my actions however I will magnanimously forfeit any grudge I might bear at society for being so wishy washy on this uber-crux issue. I take full credit for behaving so well in my attitude to the issue too. That's the beauty of taking responsibility, the bad, the ugly AND the good. Major incentive to maximise the latter, of course.

A salient (and tragic) tale to end on. I have a friend whose daughter is in a mental institute, and has been for several years, due to the fact she takes no responsibility for ANYTHING. Such is the failing of society, and the zeitgeist in general, on this issue.

Got it down...hope it reads ok. I'm personally quite pleased to have accomplished the assembly of these bones at any rate.

Time for a coffee :coffee:
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Re: The ramifications of free will theology?

#2  Postby hackenslash » Jun 06, 2021 5:49 pm

Keep It Real wrote:(Julia Sweeny relayed that her father told her that age was 7 years, according to God, IIRC


I suspect this is a muddling (by somebody, not necessarily you) of a quote by Father Francisco Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, an order closely associated with teaching and indoctrination, who famously said 'show me the boy until he is seven and I will show you the man'. A statement about the ease of inculcating young minds.

I have a sneaking suspicion than somewhere in the telling and retelling of that anecdote, it's morphed from Loyola's notion into somthihng else. It's not like we don't have oodles of examples of that happening.
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#3  Postby Keep It Real » Jun 06, 2021 6:06 pm

hackenslash wrote:
Keep It Real wrote:(Julia Sweeny relayed that her father told her that age was 7 years, according to God, IIRC


I suspect this is a muddling (by somebody, not necessarily you) of a quote by Father Francisco Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, an order closely associated with teaching and indoctrination, who famously said 'show me the boy until he is seven and I will show you the man'. A statement about the ease of inculcating young minds.

I have a sneaking suspicion than somewhere in the telling and retelling of that anecdote, it's morphed from Loyola's notion into somthihng else. It's not like we don't have oodles of examples of that happening.


It's in her (hilarious and awesome) one woman stage show "Letting Go of God." The dialogue goes (roughly) like this:

"My dad said to me on my 7th birthday: "now you've reached the age of responsibility and are capable of committing all sins against God and man." I replied: "wait, so all this time I've been good and God didn't notice?!" My mother interjected: "Well I noticed!"" LOLZ

IIRC she relayed in that same show that her father had indeed considered becoming a Jesuit priest, so you could well be correct in your tracing of the 7 year milestone as opposed to some other marker.
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#4  Postby hackenslash » Jun 06, 2021 6:41 pm

It's one of those things that floats around my brain, because inculcation is a massive part of how we think. I reckon some iteration of that Loyola quote has feature three or four times on the blog, not least in my big post about cognitive inertia and gullibility.
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