Fate, the Gods, and Free Will

candle of will

The Patheos “What Do I Really Believe” series has a new question for contemplation across religious traditions. Most religious traditions teach that human beings have agency – that their choices matter – but also that there are greater spiritual forces at work that impact or even determine the course of events or the ultimate outcome. To what extent does divine will (or fate or karma etc.) limit human agency? Does free will really exist? My initial response is “of course it does!”  Pagans like … [Read more...]