John Frame Quick Quote on Libertarian Freedom with the analogy of the random swerving atom

I just love the way Dr. Frame puts things!

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I thought this was a quote from John Frame on the problem of Libertarian Freewill.  What makes it interesting is that it was in the footnote of the book rather than the main body.  Here John Frame writes:

Many have argued that this kind of freedom is the ground of moral responsibility.  But is that at all likely?  Imagine that an atom swerved randomly somewhere in your head and made you steal $500.  Would you feel guilty?  More likely you would feel like the victim of a random event–like being struck by lightning.  You didn’t do anything to make the atom swerve.  How can a human being be blamed for a mental accident?  If libertarian freedom exists, it is not the ground of moral responsibility.  Rather, it destroys responsibility.”

(John Frame, The Doctrine of the Christian Life, 93 footnote 1)

It is a wonderful little illustration to describe…

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One response to “John Frame Quick Quote on Libertarian Freedom with the analogy of the random swerving atom

  1. The only basis for moral responsibility is God’s sovereign determinism. Right and wrong are predetermined on the basis of God’s moral law revealed in Scripture alone and on no other basis. Although there is an innate revelation of the moral law in man–who is the image of God–this has been corrupted by sin. The only sure word of God is Holy Scripture. Dr. Gordon H. Clark quoted John 17:17 many times to affirm that this knowledge of the truth in Scripture is the basis for sanctification.