Last week, I had tried three times to comment on Kevin Jackson’s fine blog, Wesleyan Arminian, but Blogger threw me out each time.  I understand that this is a general glitch with Blogger and WordPress IDs.

So, let this stand as my expression of thanks to Mr Jackson for his post, ‘Wired Article on Free Will’, in which he concisely explains why men naturally gravitate towards freedom:

Perhaps it is because as creatures created in the image of God we really do have genuine freedom.

He references the Wired article and a study which it discusses concerning personal ethical behaviour:

People who don’t believe in libertarian freedom are more likely to engage in unethical behavior. In the study “the amount of cheating was directly correlated with the extent to which the subjects rejected free will”.

What we believe about free will actually impacts the decisions we make.

If I were the people conducting the study, I might have used the words ‘free agency’.  To me, there is a difference between ‘free will’ (implying predestination) and ‘free agency’ (choosing whether to have a biscuit with tea).  But, then, generally speaking, ‘free will’ has long been the accepted term in the secular world.

It would be interesting to know what breakdown there is among libertarians and religious denominations.    

I have known more than a few people who cheat and lie in their personal and professional lives.  I also notice that if they cheat or lie in one sphere, they do so in the other as well.  So, it seems impossible to be honest at home and a liar at work.  Small dishonest acts lead to greater dishonest acts.  All the people I know who do this are leftists or control freaks. (This is not to say that all leftists and control freaks are dishonest.) ‘Let’s just cheat a little bit on this, shall we?  No one will ever know.’  Dishonesty leads to corruption.

But someone — and, more importantly, Someone — always knows.

By contrast, the honest people I know favour fewer laws and lower taxes. They love freedom and are law-abiding, open and generous individuals.  It’s probable that many are libertarian, although that’s a bit of a dirty word in the UK, as we have become conditioned to control and regulation over our personal lives.  (Readers, if you’re ever here visiting from the US, please, remember to refrain from telling people you’re a libertarian.  Heads may explode.)

I also hypothesise that the deeper one’s religious faith, the less chance there is of cheating, controlling and manipulative behaviour on their part.