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TheFree Will

Accordingto thefreewill theodicy, thepossibilityof havinga worldpopulated by freecreaturesthat choseto doonlygood,would be a problem.In fact,theevilin theworldariseswhencreaturesexercisetheir freewill to dobadover thegood.Therefore,itwould be possibleto havea worldwithout evilwhiletheGod’s creaturesaregrantedwith thefreewill to choosebetween thebadandthegood.In addition,God himself thinksthegoodnessto havethefreewill is greaterthan theoutcomeof theevilthat resultfrom thefreewill exercise.

Godfeelsthatitwould not be goodto havea worldpopulated by creaturesthatare conditionedonlyto choosethegoodover theevil.There would be a problemof thefreewill theodicy becausethecreatureswould not haveanycontrolof themselves, thusdenyingthem their freewill. Still,accordingto God, itis would be betterto havea worldthat exhibitsbothevilandfreewill than a worldwithout eitherevilorfreewill. In thatconnection,God createsa worldwith bothevilandfreewill, butheis capableof alsodesiresa betterworldas comparedto an evilworld.Therefore,Gretchen’s sufferingis a matterof choiceandnot God’s fault.Ifshewantedshewould havepickedthebridle,andshechosenot to. In fact,Gretchen wasfreeto act,butsherefusedtherefore,sheis responsibleforher actions.Millerpointsout thatAdam wastheonlycreaturewith thefreewill to makea choiceconcerningdoinggood.In fact,in thecurrentworld,nobody has thefreewill without thegraceof God.

Inaddition,Weirob arguesthatifGod is omniscient,thenheunderstandswhatweare goingto donext.Shedoesnot believein theChristians conceptof graceand maintain that God’s graceshould beignored.Thus,thelackof freewill to dogoodis temperedby believingin guarantee of God’s grace.TheGod’s graceis justan obstaclethat limitsour will to dogood.In fact,Weirob believesthatGod’s graceis onlyin our dreams.Sheaddsthatwecan allbe like Adam in our freewill. Millercontinuesto confirmthatjustlike Pelagius believedin theabsenceof originalsinandfreewill to dowhatis rightsoshould we.In fact,accordingto Pelagius, God doesnot giveus thepowerto dotheright,butratherrewardsus fordoingwhatis right.Therefore,weare not freeto dowhatwewantsince God alreadyknowwhatwewill donext.On thecontrary,ifwehavethechoiceof doingwhatwewantthatwould meanthat God doesnot havea controlor thepowerto knowwhatwewill do,hencehecannot be omniscient.

However,Cohen respondsby providingan exampleof preferencesthat Gretchen would havebetween T-bone steakandSpinach soufflé. Heconfirmsthateveryone whoknowsGretchen would predictthatshewould preferthesteak. In thisscenario,Gretchen would choosesteak freelydespite predictingher preferences.Notably,itis evidentthatshediditfreelybecauseshewantedto. Hence,Chen knowledgeabout her preferencewould not affecther choice.Onthesamenote,Weirob concurswith Cohen on thatpremisehowever,shearguesthatifGod understandall theexperiencesof a personfrom birthto death,thenGod carriestheresponsibilityof whathappensin thelifeof everyperson.Shedoesnot understandwhyGod would createher knowingeverything that will happento her andeventuallyblameher deeds.Inaddition,Weirob thinksthatGod’s knowledgeis aspecialcasebecauseheknowswhatwill happento her (Weirob) without necessarilyhavinga priorknowledgeon her behaviorcontraryto thecaseof Cohen andMiller whoknewwhatshe(Weirob)would chooseaccordingto their earlierobservationandexperiencewith her.

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