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The Christian Argument for Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is significantly more than the freedom to one’s own opinion under one’s own roof. It includes the right to express religious views in public life, to live out a life in accordance with one’s deepest convictions, to meet with others in acts of worship and to raise one’s  family in one’s  faith.

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Can Christians Contribute to a Secular Democracy?

Government always involves an element of coercion. Absolute pacifists are taxed to pay for aircraft carriers, environmentalists for nuclear power stations. Yet democracy depends on citizens treating each other as rational decision makers; our laws are meant to be built upon consent rather than coercion.

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Around the Web#4: Is Free-Will an Illusion?

What exactly is “free-will”? Richard Swinburne explains that usually our desires and beliefs determine what we will do. However, sometimes we need to choose a course of action from among conflicting desires and beliefs:

(Note that Swinburne’s view of free-will is consistent with the Christian doctrine of the Fall, which teaches that our desires and moral beliefs have fallen into disorder.)

However, Sam Harris and other materialists have argued that free will is an illusion.  Alvin Plantinga responds to Harris here.  Christian philosopher Tim O’Connor explains the experiments that seem to undermine free-will :

Peter Clarke points out that the famous Libet experiments have not established that our “decisions” take place in the brain before we are aware of them in an excellent Faraday Paper.

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