acts with free will to create an outcome. This theory is contrary to determinism in that one can choose what to do and when to do it. From a theological view, many people believe that God ordains all outcomes, good or bad. However, there are theories that God grants us the free will to make choices. As seen throughout the Bible, God gave laws and riles to follow and left the people to do as they were told. In many cases, we were given accounts of disobedience and punishment. We are created in God’s likeness and unlike animals that mostly act on instinct, we have free will. In Deuteronomy 30:19-20, we are told to “choose between life and death by obeying God’s commandments” (NLT). That choice means outcomes are not as a result of fate. 3. Is free will an essential attribute of human personhood? In my opinion, free will is an essential attribute to human personhood because it is a part of our construct like breathing. In Dew & Gould, it states that minds are thinking things, thus capable of reflection and metacognition (2019). Free will allows us to relatively do whatever we want whenever we want. Regardless of the choice or the outcome, we can decide on anything. Free will allows us to assert our uniqueness, whether positive or negative. References: Bible New Living Translation. Deuteronomy 30:19-20. Retrieved September 19, 2019. Dew Jr., James K. & Gould, Paul M. (2019). Philosophy. Wordsearch. Retrieved from . Dew Jr., James K. & Gould, Paul M. (2019). Philosophy. Wordsearch. Retrieved from .
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