A branch off from something that was on the midterm Wed. Anonymous trolls need not apply to whine about something you don't understand.
So an aspect of the free will question from last week came up on the midterm - the basic concept that belief depends on faith, not on reason, because that is what defines it as belief. Another tenet of belief is that it requires free will. Free will means a decision made completely on one's own, free of outside influences.
So with all 3 of those factors in mind, can anyone truly believe? You can be influenced by fear - fear of being wrong, fear of rejection from family. You can be influenced by love or comfort - when you pray you feel warm inside and want to feel that again. You can be influenced by what you've read - the Bible or Quran or Eddas or whatever sacred writing. You can be influenced by what someone teaches you.
After any/some/all of those exposures, is it really free will?
Answer by sahmamax2 at 4:52 PM on Oct. 15, 2009
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Answer by Freela at 3:48 PM on Oct. 15, 2009
Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 3:49 PM on Oct. 15, 2009
If you define free will as being a decision made without outside influences, than no, nobody can truly have free will. People not living in isolation will always be influenced by other people. When it comes to faith & beliefs, it is now virtually impossible for people to come to it without outside influence. However, I don't think that is a good definition of free will. I think it should be without coercion rather influence.
Answer by nysa00 at 4:01 PM on Oct. 15, 2009
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Answer by NotPanicking at 4:16 PM on Oct. 15, 2009