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Do you think that people have free will or that everything is Deterministic?
I've thinking for a long time about the Deterministic Vs Extistencialistic points of view and how one argues that we don't have a free will (Determinsim) and the other that free will is the base for a meaningful and fulfilling life (Extistencialism).
I'm more convinced with Determinism and it taught me tolerance and acceptance.
I'm wondering how everyone else sees it.
If you belief in the Judeo-Christian God, free will is the main premise for creation. Man was created with free will because God did not want a robot that is programmed to worship Him. It is much more satisfying for any creator, for his subjects to choose to worship rather than forced to worship. Once you understand that, all is clear.
Both. The sovereignty of God is perfectly compatible with humans being free moral agents. His sovereignty simply defines the contours of our freedom.
Belief in determinism / fate causes people to lose the initiative and essentially do little to improve themselves beyond try to influence fate.
That's one reason why the Muslim world is technologically behind the West - because anything contrary to the Koran is forbidden (and at the risk of your life) and everything is up to Allah, so rarely take a risk except to spread Islam.
I'm sorry, but I don't see the link between Deterministic philosophy being counter-initiative and Islamic religion.
Islam says everything is the will of Allah, don't fight fate - and that fatalism is responsible in part for the lack of innovation in the Muslim world. Science and research is seen as contrary to Islam.
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