Metaphysics and Me

“What am I?” This is a perennial question in metaphysics (a branch of philosophy) and one we rarely ask, despite its importance upon our view of human nature and the afterlife. If one were to ask Plato he might respond with something like “I am a soul; I have a body,” whereas Aristotle would say something like ““I am a soul with a body.”

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Freewill, Omniscience, and You

Many who’ve been introduced to the notion of God’s omniscience eventually ask, “If God knows all things, including my choices before I make them, then are my choices really free?” Understandably, it is difficult to swallow the idea that we may not be “free” in any absolute sense. That our choices are not solely our own is not very palatable, especially for Westerners who tend to cherish (read “worship”) our freedoms. It seems we have this tenacious bent to believe that our choices really do matter, so much so that no other can possibly influence, much less determine, them.

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