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Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1036

by bondsbw (#46728665) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Everything is prewritten means no choice is possible? That's not a logical conclusion; that's an assumption.

I have no basis to conclude that my understanding is great enough to fit everything into a box I can describe, but that's what your statement does. It pretends that God has limitations we would have if, say, we were designing a simulation. Such a simulation would be bound by the concepts we understand, but wouldn't such a God live outside of how we understand time?

We don't even fully understand how to interpret quantum mechanics, but such a God would not only understand and be able to manipulate those properties, he would likely be at a much, much deeper and fundamental level than we have yet discovered or may even be able to discover. Perhaps the secret to free will is much deeper than the level the human race has grasped? I don't know, but more importantly, I don't pretend that I know.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1036

by bondsbw (#46698281) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

In any universe where it is possible to know someone MUST do X with 100% absolute certainty, then by definition, there is ZERO possibility that that person will choose to do Y instead.

Absolutely.

And I know that UConn beat Kentucky for the 2014 NCAA men's basketball championship. I can walk into a sports bar where it is on rerun, and predict with "100% absolute certainty" that UConn will beat Kentucky. There "is ZERO possibility" that Kentucky would beat UConn.

But that doesn't mean I caused UConn to beat Kentucky.

Comment: Re:trees have branches (Score 1) 1036

by bondsbw (#46677081) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

if someone loses their religion because of the wealth of information on the internet that refutes their belief system then they were clearly lacking in the faith department.

Indeed. Or perhaps faith existed, but was not in God but in traditions, customs, or assumptions that substitute and detract from real faith in God.

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