Christians sometimes get their arguments a little twisted and
inconsistent. It is rather common but the fact is actually consistent
with our general view of the world and how it works.
But read the response from Massimo again. Surely this takes the prize
Here is someone admitting explicitly that there is such a thing as
"wishful thinking" and "having an opinion". The very same person then
decries free-will. No doubt Massimo would go along with the message
offered on the webpage mentioned that, "We will all live in a better
society when the myth of free will is dispelled."
Hmmm. After thousands of years of various forms of totalitarianism, here
we go again.
That statement, in case you haven't recognized it, ladies and gentlemen,
is the very most basic tenet of all totalitarianism. It is the very
stuff of war in anybody's language. Talk about being "self-evident"!
If there is no free-will, and thoughts and emotions, wishful thinking,
or opinions, for example, merely come about by some sort of programmed
(or otherwise) determined chemical and/or electrical (or whatever)
causes then why try to convince me of it?
What is the rationale of persuasion for somebody that says that
free-will must be dispelled? Can't they see the blatant inconsistency?
Can't they realise that persuasion or opinion or wishful thinking cannot
fit into their scheme? What is it that drives that kind of totally
inconsistent logic? What is it that encourages others to be duped by
this kind of nonsense?
A consistent argument for the non-existence of free-will would have any
number of premises but there could be no conclusion or summary! Why?
Simply because the conclusion or summary of an argument can exist only
if there is meaning in what can be equated to what. A = B. A = C. Ergo,
B = C. But what does equal mean? How do you know that? From whom? Where
did they get the information? The point is, "why bother with the
conclusion if the chemistry has already done it?" And if my chemistry is
different than yours then why bother with trying to change it!
We are led to one and only one conclusion without the existence and
utility of free-will. It is that opinion, sooner or later, must be
forced. We see it in our governments and we see it in our schools. Again
I say it: we are, once more, seeing the efforts of yet another push for
totalitarianism. We are witnessing the very stuff that war and the
propagation of misery is made from.
Without free-will there is no hope and there is no cure for delusion
simply because causes are causes, chemistry is chemistry, selection is
selection. There is opinion and there is not opinion. Alas.
It really shouldn't take much of a "baloney detector" to dispel the kind
of nonsense we find blowing around these days. But the simple fact is,
there really are (educated) people who believe this stuff, and their
numbers are increasing. Alas, again.