Originally posted by orfeo
I think it's highly dangerous to draw attention to the topic of free will as if Christians have this all sorted out. I have witnessed quite heated arguments about whether salvation is the result of our free will or God's predestination of us...
From a neutral perspective - I know that I have a free will, because I decide, I don't simply do... I can say yes or no, regardless of the situation. My will can even decide for death over life (be it for a noble or selfish cause).
In a world-view, origins is the very foundation. From it, we decipher meaning, purpose and reality. It becomes a basis for our ethics, our thinking and science. If there is a flaw in our theory of origins, then the world-view is debased (unless one begins a patch-work of ad-hoc theories and piggy-backing various ethics, principles and views).
Evolution conlcudes that man's actions are the result of chemical reactions and no more, so free will should be non-existant. But I can decide for or against my natural impulses, so I conclude that free will does exist. So is there more to man than evolution can answer? Absolutely. That is one of the many reasons why evolution could not be the basis of my world-view - it doesn't answer (or not conclusively enough) the questions that determine the foundation of my world-view.
I don't see how Christians would really have a problem with free will - love is not genuine if it's not chosen; you can only be saved if you willfully choose Christ. And the Bible states, "He wills that none should perish..."
To the predictable insult-riddled rebuttal (but evolution is not meant to answer this question, you're an idiot, stupid and ignorant and some more fungus):
Origins are everything - to answer the question of why am I here, what is my purpose and where am I going? Origins must answer these as it states from whence you came (created or accident) what your purpose is (created for a higher purpose or none but to survive, enjoy life and reproduce ie. hedonism/existentialsim) and where am i going (accountable to the Creator or die, decompose and nothing more). If evolution does not answer these questions, how does one maintain a worldview that has evolution as its foundation?