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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jared wrote:
Bob is presented with choice C at event E. Choice C entails choosing one of three alternatives. It is completely up to Bob which way to go. Based his desires, motivation, reasoning ability, loyalties, perception, etc., he could choose alternative C1, alternative C2, or alternative C3. God happens to know ahead of time that Bob will choose C2. Bob freely chooses C2, and God knows it will happen, but Bob very well could have chosen C1 or C3. But the fact is that he chooses C2, and God passively knows this.


If Bob "could have chosen C1", then if he had chosen C1, what would become of God's foreknowledge? Would God have made a mistake?

If God knew that Bob would choose C2, then Bob's choice of C2 at time E was TRUE prior to time E. In that case, Bob logically could not have chosen C1 at time E. For if he had, this would contradict the statement that he chooses C2 at time E.

Prior to time E, Bob hasn't made a choice. So a statement about what choice Bob makes at time E cannot be true of false prior to time E. The statement becomes true of false at time E when Bob makes his choice.

If a statement about future choice is neither true nor false prior to the moment of decision, then, since it has not truth value, there is nothing to know. Knowing whether proposition P is true or false implies a truth value for proposition P.

It may be that "assertions" about future choice (or even statements about future events) may not actually be assertions at all, but predictions.
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