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  • 01:38

    2015 TANC Conference - John Immel, Session 3

    in Christianity

    2015 TANC Conference - Day 2 Podcast


    John Immel, Session 3
    Examining the Historical Perspectives and Evolution of Determinism

  • 00:58

    2015 TANC Conference - John Immel, Session 2

    in Christianity

    2015 TANC Conference - Day 2 Podcast


    John Immel, Session 2
    Examining the Historical Perspectives and Evolution of Determinism

  • 01:25

    2015 TANC Conference - John Immel, Session 1

    in Christianity

    2015 TANC Conference - Day 1 Podcast


    John Immel, Session 1
    Examining the Historical Perspectives and Evolution of Determinism

  • 00:13

    The Problem of Evil (Part 11) -- Free Will

    in Christianity

    The Reasons to Believe #114

    Our Reasons to Believe Scripture verse for today is John 5:24. It reads, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

    Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Blaise Pascal. He said, "Either God exists, or he does not...Let us weigh the gain and the loss in betting that God exists...If you win, you win everything; if you lose, you lose nothing. Do not hesitate then, to gamble on His existence."

    Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Problem of Evil" part 11 from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli.

    Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli go on to discuss the topic of "Free Will"

    Perhaps the clearest way to define our second crucial term, free will, is to contrast it with the philosophy that denies it. That is determinism.

    According to determinism, everything we do can be totally accounted for by two causes: heredity plus environment. Free will adds a third cause to our actions: our wills, which in turn are not entirely the result of heredity plus environment. Thus the formula for determinism is:

    H + E = A

    That is, heredity plus environment equals the human act. The formula for the alternative philosophy of free will is:

    H + E < A

    That is, heredity plus environment together are less than the human act. Instead,

    H + E + FW = A

    Heredity plus environment plus free will equals the human act. Heredity and environment condition our acts, but they do not determine them, as the paints and the frame condition a painting but do not determine it. They are necessary causes but not sufficient causes of freely chosen acts.

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  • 01:01

    Black Lives Series Pt3: Which Cup of Black are You?

    in Culture

    The World of Ideas Show tonight 3/29/15 @8:30PM EST. After the weekly review of the week, host Kasaun Henry introduces Part 3 of the “Black Lives Series.” On this episode, Kasaun discusses how black culture is not only something people inherit, but that it is also something that people choose. We will also hear Kasaun interview various people on the streets of Harlem who share what being black means to them. 


    The "Black Lives Series" is an exploration of a number of significant Black-American themes and issues that shed light on the state and future of black people in the twenty-first century. Some of these are, black identity, black solidarity, black culture and its triumphs and flaws, black education, incarceration, leadership and more. Kasaun attempts to clear the midst of the flawed perception of race and culture in America and lay down a path for positive change.

  • 01:02

    THE 12 COMPONENTS / CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUR DIAKONIA OR DIVINE DESIGN - PART ONE

    in Religion

    Predestination, in theology, is the doctrine that all events have been willed by God. Explanations of predestination often seek to address the so-called paradox of free will , whereby God's Omniscience seems incompatible with human FREE WILL. 

    In this usage, predestination can be regarded as a form of religious determinism; and usually predeterminism.

    For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;…
    Psa 139:13-15

    YOUR DIAKONIA APPEARS TO BE INBORN 
    YOUR DIAKONIA MANIFESTS ITSELF IN INFANCY 
    YOUR DIAKONIA ENDURES FOREVER 
    YOUR DIAKONIA IS STABLE / CONSISTANT
    YOUR DIAKONIA IS IRREPLACABLE 
    YOUR DIAKONIA REVEALS WHAT YOU CAN'T DO
    YOUR DIAKONIA MUST BE EXPRESSED; EXPOSED; EXPANDED
    YOUR DIAKONIA SHAPES YOUR PERCEPTION
    YOUR DIAKONIA CONTROLS YOUR EMOTIONS
    YOUR DIAKONIA CONTROLS YOUR BEHAVIOR 
    YOUR DIAKONIA LIMITS YOUR EXPRESSION
    YOUR DIAKONIA RESPONDS TO YOUR ENVIRONMENT

     

  • 00:34

    Do We Truly Have Free Will? with Karen Garvey, MBA

    in Self Help

    DO WE TRULY HAVE FREE WILL? with KAREN GARVEY, MBA


    Karen Garvey is a Personal & Professional Coach, Psychic Medium, and Author of five books including “THE ANSWERS to your questions about life.” She presently addresses audiences and appears on radio and TV.  On this show, we will be discussing the concept of Free Will, do we really have it or only think we do.  Or does Determinism actually rule our lives. 

  • 01:06

    Chat: Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Two

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh discussed "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Two" with listeners in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    What are some of the common proposed solutions to the problem of moral luck? How and why do they fail? I will answer these questions and more in this live discussion of Chapter Two of my book,Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame. 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.

  • 00:33

    MYTH WARRIORS! “Happiness is a choice!”

    in Business

    In the MYTH WARRIORS™ series we are targeting ideas to begin to assess whether they are credible or not. We are warriors fighting to establish clarity between what is accurate and what is simply a myth (or falsehood) in life. In this episode our topic is, “Happiness is a choice!”


    What is happiness? What is choice? Do humans have any choice (or free will) or is everything that happens in our lives predestined? 


    If an individual ascribes their entire life to predestination (or fate for non-theistic perspectives) the framework of determinism precludes the “choice” any emotion (including happiness). If an individual is not able to chose anything in their lives (as it was all determined for them), there is no “choice” for feeling anything (including happiness). This show topic will be a myth from the perspective of those who adhere to predestination.


    For those who are not fully committed to some forms of determinism, the possibility of free will (in some capacity) provides the option of choice of emotion. If emotions are able to be elected by individuals, what is the benefit to choosing misery (assuming it to be the opposite of happiness)? 


    Our culture and shared history abounds with examples of the individual who elects to feel and/ or express happiness (even for fleeting moments) under the most horrific of circumstances (war, famine, occupation, etc.). If is is possible to choose happiness, why bother? There are seemingly credible scientific research sources that assert physical, emotional and psychological benefits of positive moods (i.e., happiness). 


    Let’s engage in this “dinner party” discussion of whether we have any option to support a credible assertion that “Happiness is a choice!” 

  • 00:28

    WHO ARE WE- THE NATURE OF THE WILL

    in Motivation

    Free will is the ability of agents to make choices unconstrained by certain factors. Factors of historical concern have included metaphysical constraints (such as logical, nomological, or theological determinism), physical constraints (such as chains or imprisonment), social constraints (such as threat of punishment or censure), and mental constraints (such as compulsions or phobias, neurological disorders, or genetic predispositions). The principle of free will has religious, legal, ethical, and scientific implications. For example, in the religious realm, free will implies that individual will and choices can coexist with an omnipotent divinity. In the law, it affects considerations of punishment and rehabilitation. In ethics, it may hold implications for whether individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions.

  • 01:16

    Q&A: Free Speech, Psychological Egoism, Professors, and More

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on free speech for corporations, psychological egoism, objecting to a professor's views, deduction from axioms, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    Question 1: Do corporations have free speech rights? 

    Question 2: Isn't every action selfish, ultimately? 

    Question 3: How strongly should a student object to a professor's objectionable views? 

    Question 4: Is philosophy deduced from axioms? 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.