Does freewill exist or are our actions in reality all determined?

Join us for a conversation exploring this long-running philosophical and theological debate. In the Ancient World Greek and Roman philosophers were attempting to come to grips with the intuitive sense that humans had the ability to make conscious choices while the fate of humans was controlled by powerful gods. With the triumph of Christianity in the Western World the question of freewill developed a new angle resulting in a contentious debate in the 5th century (CE) on the nature of freewill. On the one hand, British-born theologian, Pelagius, argued that human beings had the freewill to perform good and bad acts. This belief was rejected by St Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo in North Africa, who argued that God determined the fate of humans. Every individual carried the burden of Original Sin embedded in their very nature, so no one can save themselves from eternal damnation without God's Grace. The conversation will explore these opposing concepts which have a resonance today in the arguments around determinism, with an opportunity for attendees to ask their own questions during a Q&A session at the end of the evening.

Speaker: Prof. Tim Boatswain, Professor of Anthropology and History 

Interviewer: Nina Vinther, St Albans Cathedral Youth & Music Intern

Date & Time:  Wednesday 9 June, 7.30-9pm

Cost: £10 (Students £6)

Venue: Online via zoom

If you’d like to attend the event but are not free to join us live, please do buy a ticket and you’ll receive the joining details (in case your plans change) and an email detailing how to receive a recording of the talk.

Joining on Zoom on the night

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a device which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids. 

Instructions for joining the talk will be sent via email between 12-12.30pm on the day of the event.

If you have not received these details by 12.30pm, please call 01727 890205 before 5pm.

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How to Book

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