[We] are inclined to say that since nature consists of particles and their relations with each other, and since everything can be accounted for in terms of those particles and their relations, there is simply no room for freedom of the will…. [Quantum] indeterminism is no evidence that there is or could be some mental energy of human freedom that can move molecules in directions that they were not otherwise going to move. So it really does look as if everything we know about physics forces us to some form of denial of human freedom.
— John Searle, quoted in The Recalcitrant Imago Dei by J. P. Moreland, p. 50
Free will as it is traditionally conceived—the freedom to make uncoerced and unpredictable choices among alternative possible courses of action—simply does not exist…. There is no way that the evolutionary process as currently conceived can produce a being that is truly free to make choices.
— William Provine, quoted in Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson, p. 127
Since any form of naturalistic evolution denies human freedom, it must deny responsibility, and hence it cannot be that my actions have any value.
— W. David Beck, from In Defense of Miracles, edited by R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas, p. 161
Thus strict materialism refutes itself for the reasons given long ago by Professor Haldane: “If my mental processes are determined wholly by the motion of atoms in my brain, I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true, and hence, I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms.”
— Amy Orr-Ewing, from Is the Bible Intolerant? at 24:39
Materialists thereby deny the reality of mind (while they use their minds to advance materialism), determinists deny the reality of human choice (while they choose determinism), and relativists deny the fact of right and wrong (while they judge you if you disagree).
— Nancy Pearcey, from Finding Truth, kindle location 97
Biologist E. O. Wilson writes that the hidden operations of our mental activity give us “the illusion of free will.”
— Dinesh D’Souza, from What’s So Great About Christianity, p. 25
Speaking of the determinist, J. R. Lucas says,
If what he says is true, he says it merely as the result of his heredity and environment, and of nothing else. Continue reading