Guest Post by Alan Gibson—
The two of us loiter together in the coffeehouse of my imagination, arguing like a couple of old friends.
“I wish that the expression ‘free will’ had never been invented, ” he remarked the other day. “It is not recorded in Scripture and should more justly be called self-will, which is worthless.” This was Marty at his most pedantic.
“Which is to say that the self is worthless?” I parried. “You seem to preclude the possibility that my will can be in concordance with God’s.”
“Concordance indeed,” he spluttered, going on to ask how dare I equate myself with God—which I hadn’t meant to do, as Marty well knew.
“I only meant that free-will or self-will can be divinely instigated,” I suggested. “Would God have men be puppets, our will superimposed?”
He left, saying he’d just as soon have me be a puppet, which remark, whoever’s will it reflected, was certainly on the testy side.