Free will or omniscience? Or both?
March 26, 2010 10:11 AM Subscribe
Are free will and an omnipotent/omniscient God possible in the same universe?
posted by biffa to Religion & Philosophy (87 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Christian doctrine clearly posits they are but I am struggling to see how the concepts are not in conflict. If God is omniscient then he knows the outcomes of any system he puts in place at the point he puts it in place; he is not limited by the human perspective on linear time and the future effects of his action or by the complexity of many variables interacting. That is, God knew all the decisions that would be made by the humans he designed and how they would turn out. does this imply the absence of free will, since an omniscient God could set the conditions and change them, and know the result of doing so in all cases. If God however, foregoes this knowledge, and started the human 'experiment' not knowing how it would turn out then does this not imply that God has foregone omniscience?
I am interested in both established doctrine on this issue from churches, as well as the philosophical opinions of MeFites.