Atheist Sam Harris has just written a new book entitled, simply, “Free Will.” In it, he argues that our ability to make moral choices is really just an illusion: “I, as the conscious witness of my experience no more initiate events in my prefrontal cortex than I cause my heart to beat...In physical terms, we know that every human action can be reduced to a series of impersonal events.”
But as my friend Sean McDowell wrote at ThePointRadio.org, Harris has to assume that his disbelief in free will was the result of logical analysis and evidence, not prefrontal chemistry. Otherwise why would we believe it? In other words, his denial of free will undermines his opinion — so it self-destructs.
In reality, free will is an essential part of life. Without it we wouldn’t be able to argue about what’s right, wrong, and true in the first place. Read Sean’s critique of Harris at ThePointRadio.org. I’m John Stonestreet.