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God does not have free will.

Posted by Michael Dickens on June 25, 2009

You’d think that God, being omnipotent and all that, would be able to have free will. But even God is subject to determinism.

Free will is impossible, since an event is either predetermined or random. So not even God can have free will. He still has to make choices, and those choices are determined somehow. God cannot have free will. Interestingly, this is a proof that God is not omnipotent, since he is incapable of making free choices and can therefore not do everything.


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