Freedom of the Will? Interpreter to the Rescue! (Maybe.)


Indeed, they do.


In the item from the Maxwell Institute blog that I mention in my own entry below, there is a question from a father, three of whose sons have evidently abandoned their faith in God and in Mormonism in order to adopt “atheistic determinism.”  The concerned father wants to know what the best argument is for free will.


The response to his question offers no argument, indicating that determinism has the best of the debate on this topic thus far.  Many philosophers would agree, but by no means all.  So the debate continues, and there seems little likelihood of its being resolved this side of the veil.


I think it worth mentioning, though, that The Interpreter Foundation is laying plans for a conference on science and the gospel, tentatively scheduled for the first third of November, and that one session of that conference is intended to focus on the challenge to free will that many see embodied in contemporary neuroscience.  If we can pull this off, it promises to be quite an interesting conference.


Details to follow.



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  • Gavin

    I would definitely attend such a conference. I have been especially interested in understanding the problem of free will and how it relates to neuroscience. Among living philosophers, I especially enjoy writings on the subject by John Searle, Peter Hacker, and T. J. Mawson. I know that Richard Williams of the Wheatley Institute has plans to write a book about the subject as well.

    Will you be speaking at this conference?

    • brotheroflogan

      Gavin, thank you for sharing those writer’s names.

  • brotheroflogan

    I have studied free will a little bit and it is difficult to understand. But I came to the conclusion that if I can believe in the miracle of the resurrection, then why can I not believe in the miracle of free will? After all, I can detect meaning in my life, and logic says that meaning cannot exist without free will.

  • jeffwild

    Sounds like an interesting and important conference. Are you familiar with the recently published work entitled, “No God, No Science”, by Michael Hanby, who teaches at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute (

    Obviously another tradition, but I believe much of the work of the faculty there would be of interest to attendees of this type of conference.

    • DanielPeterson

      Thank you!

  • Gavin

    Is this still going to occur?
    I haven’t seen any details on this lately.
    Also, I can’t access It appears to be down.

    • DanielPeterson

      Yes, it appears to be down at the moment. I don’t know why, but have sent an inquiry.

      And yes, the conference is going to happen. On 9 November, at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo.