I’m posting this because it was proposed as an atheistic argument and I could find nothing that really talked about this. The reason I couldn’t, I believe, is because it’s not actually an argument for atheism, and isn’t an argument *against theism because it is hinged on a non-theistic definition of “free will”. So, if anyone reading this is ever presented with a "free will and God are mutually exclusive concepts" argument, and you can’t find anything about it, here’s a place to start.
*Note, “Free Will” and “Will” are not equal and must be distinguished, as was pointed out by “John Martin” in this thread, post #17. That’s a more philosophical look, and I think the general argument, as it was presented to me, can be refuted without getting too philosophical. I may be wrong.
The main argument was that Adam and Eve did not have a free choice in the “fall”. They were “coerced” because there was a severe sanction attached to God’s command. Since they were threatened, they could not have acted freely.
My main rebuttal was that Adam and Eve obviously had a free choice, free will, because they obviously chose the exact opposite if what they were warned/threatened NOT to do.
In the summary (End Note), I concluded that this entire objection was not against theism, per se, but rather an objection to being told what to do/not do.
It’s about 2,500 words, but it reads more quickly than some posts I’ve made.
Feel free to comment/discuss/use as you please…