I was recently reading some articles by Blake Ostler, and came across what I felt was a very illustrative argument for the Incompatibility of free will and God’s absolute foreknowledge. Mostly I hope this will help make clear what is at stake in the debate, so here is my restatement of the argument:
P1 – God has always known that I will rob a convenience store at time T.
P2 – Free will demands that I could do otherwise.
P3 – If I were to refrain from robbing the convenience store at time T, I would change the past (specifically God’s absolute foreknowledge).
P4 – My actions in the present cannot change the past.
C – Free will is not compatible with God’s absolute foreknowledge.
I like this argument because it focuses on the past which most would say is fixed. Is there a way out of this argument without disputing a straight forward definition of free will or time?