This weekend my non-Christian mother asked me a question about free will. She asked “if God knows everything, as Christianity claims, then how can man have free will?” I have heard about the argument against free will but haven’t really studied it very much and am looking for sources that would effectively support the Christian view of human free will. My mother says that if God knows what you are going to choose, before you choose it, then you really have no choice at all… you have to choose what God knows you will choose.
I sat there dumbfounded because the whole argument sounded so ridiculous to me. In the end, I said that the fact that we are even presented with a choice, shows that we have been given free will. If God was imposing His will upon us, there would be no choices presented. Further, I pointed out that God’s knowledge of what we are going to do, does not inhibit our choices–WE are still the one’s deciding if we are going to do one thing or another or believe one thing or another. She did not agree.
Any thoughts on how to argue this?