Disproving God: An Answer to the Free Will / Foreknowledge Paradox
|February 26, 2013||Posted by Koanic under Christianity|
Note that all proofs are conditional on the existence of an Omnimax God.
If God knows all, he knows if I’m going to go home and bang some slut tonight, or if I’m going to read the bible instead.
If he already knows what I’m going to do, I have no choice in the matter. At least not in any sense that would make my actions non-predetermined. hence, no free will.
It is incorrect that all philosophical proofs try to prove an Omnimax God, although they certainly tend in that direction. Furthermore, philosophical proofs are not the only evidence for God’s existence. I do not believe a positive philosophical proof for the existence of an anthropomorphic God is possible. However, I am quite certain that there is no philosophical disproof for an Omnimax God.
You chose the foreknowledge / free will paradox.
This is easily resolvable. If God is outside time, then he views you on a line. The error is in the “fore” of “foreknowledge”. Your volition is not abrogated by God’s knowledge, because it is not fore, it is merely knowledge.
Or take this thought exercise. You invent a time machine, go back in time, and whisper in a caveman’s ear the date you lost your virginity. Does the caveman’s foreknowledge eradicate the free will of your act? No.
You may then argue that since God created the universe, he set in motion a deterministic material chain of reaction that dictates all your actions. If life is deterministic, then you lack free will regardless of God’s existence. If you possess a spirit which influences your actions by affecting your physical brain, then you indeed possess free will.
In sum, be very very careful before you say “checkmate” in a philosophy discussion with a man who improved on Kant.