Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Determinism: The Illusion of Free Will - Sam Harris

Obviously Sam Harris is not a Christian.  But what is interesting here is that even materialistic philosophers acknowledge that there is no free will.  Of course their view of determinism is strictly environmental, cultural, sociological, and psychological.  The Calvinist acknowledges all these influences but attributes them all to the sovereignty of God.  We do not choose our parents, our extended family, our time and place of birth in history, and a host of other aspects relative to ourselves--including our physiology and biological gender.  These are all predetermined by God.  Perversions of these things the Calvinist attributes to the doctrine of the total corruption of the human nature by the sinful nature and original sin.

Click here to see the video of Sam Harris' talk.

The Illusion of Free Will - Sam Harris

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