Setting The World Straight

03 09 Thoreau statue

I have always argued for free will. But at times like these the wrongs of our world seem so large and so entrenched they might as well be fate. [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

me with OBOD Chosen Chief Philip Carr-Gomm at the 2012 East Coast Gathering

Here are the ten most popular posts since I moved to Patheos in January 2013. Some I expected to be popular and some I’m shocked they did so well, but they all have one thing in common – you and the other readers really liked them. [Read more...]

The Challenges of Free Will

Expecting everyone to scramble up these rocks is neither fair nor reasonable.  But if you can, the experience is amazing.

Taken to extremes, the concept of free will can be used to seek vengeance, blame victims and shift attention away from abusive and unjust systems. But while we must temper our enthusiasm with reason and compassion, we remain better off assuming we do have free will and conducting our lives accordingly. [Read more...]

Fate, the Gods, and Free Will

candle of will

The question of free will versus fate is a philosophical question that cannot be answered with complete certainty. But the overwhelming evidence shows we are better off assuming we do have free will and conducting our lives accordingly. [Read more...]


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