I recently read a very interesting article on atheism and free will. I truly am a sucker for anything based around the study and science of a term called “Christian Apologetics.” What exactly is that? Essentially, it is a logical and reasonable defense of the Christian faith. St. Peter warned us as believers we must: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
The article, linked at the end of this blog, brought up several interesting points. First, as atheists so proudly believe, since we are just a random assortment of molecules that have evolved over billions of years, we technically do not have free will. The author of the article, Kyle Butt, quotes from some cornerstones of atheist literature by men like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. And second, if indeed as atheists believe that the material world is all that is, has, or will ever exist, and that there is no way to test “scientifically” anything else, then indeed free will is just an illusion.
If there is indeed no free will and we are just hostage to our own naturalistic instincts, then why, as Butt so astutely points out, would Harris or Dawkins for that matter feel the need to write a book to persuade someone into believing this, if they had no chance of ever changing their mind to begin with!!!
As our country and world plunge deeper and deeper into moral relativism and a naturalistic outlook on the entire world, the biblical worldview is being attacked. We cannot stand on a soapbox and merely proclaim that God is real and that He loves us. (Both of those are true by the way.) As Peter tells us, we must take a slightly different approach: Gentleness and respect can and will go a long way when presenting someone with a Gospel message.