Is Free Will an Illusion?

Is Free Will an Illusion?

One of the exciting developments in the field of neuroscience is the use of neuroimaging to examine the precise neural pathways and brain regions involved in many cognitive activities, including learning, memory storage and retrieval, and even those involved in making voluntary choices. 

[Video] Why did God Create the Devil?

[Video] Why did God Create the Devil?

In the video below, a Fr. Spitzer’s Universe viewer writes:

8 Deadly Sins in Literature: Greed

8 Deadly Sins in Literature: Greed

Greed is the excessive desire for material possessions and wealth. Although greed does not cause physical addiction, it does cause a psychological obsession that leads to an insatiable desire for more. 

We Are Not Just Products of Our Circumstances: Albert Bandura’s Life Path

We Are Not Just Products of Our Circumstances: Albert Bandura’s Life Path

Do you have influence on the direction your life? According to psychologist, Albert Bandura, you sure do.

5 Steps to Finding God's Will for Your Life

5 Steps to Finding God's Will for Your Life

Choices define our lives. How do we discern God's will and choose it over our own?

Does the Church Still Believe in Indulgences?

Does the Church Still Believe in Indulgences?

The theology of indulgences runs very deep and actually unveils some of the most beautiful aspects of the Catholic Faith. In other words, yes, the Church still believes in indulgences.  

Suffering, Stephen Colbert, and the California Wildfires

Suffering, Stephen Colbert, and the California Wildfires

Can suffering be a gift? Some people think so.

Reconciling Contemporary Science and the Doctrine of Original Sin

Reconciling Contemporary Science and the Doctrine of Original Sin

Much has been made about a conflict between the perspective of the natural sciences and the Church’s teaching on original sin. There are no doubt challenges to contend with, but these are by no means overwhelming.

The Interior and Exterior Consequences of Original Sin

The Interior and Exterior Consequences of Original Sin

There are two major consequences of original sin – the fall of our first parents:

The Fall and Original Sin

The Fall and Original Sin

Before we begin to discuss the fall, it will be helpful to talk a little about free will. Free will arises out of a combination of several of the capacities of our transphysical soul (and God’s presence to it). At the center of free will is our capacity for self-consciousness enabling us to create our own inner world – indeed to create our own moral essence.

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