Sullivan to Debate Provine on Issue of Free Will

Sullivan to Debate Provine on Issue of Free Will

Cedarville University biology professor Dr. Dennis Sullivan (pictured above) will debate Dr. William Provine of Cornell University on the topic of "Free Will: Does It Exist? Does It Matter?" The debate will take place on March 13 at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church in Washington Court House as part of a weekend debate summit. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations

February 16, 2010

Cedarville University biology professor Dr. Dennis Sullivan will debate Dr. William Provine of Cornell University on the topic of "Free Will: Does It Exist? Does It Matter?" The debate will take place on March 13 at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church in Washington Court House as part of a weekend debate summit.

Sullivan, a Christian theist who believes created beings are endowed with the ability to exercise an independent will, stands opposite Provine, an atheist who claims that free will is an illusionary and unintelligible myth.

“My position is that of free will libertarianism (not to be confused with any political theory),” explains Sullivan. “There is order, meaning and purpose in the universe that ultimately comes from a Creator-God. While determinism is true to the extent that many events follow law-like principles, this does not mean that human nature is necessarily constrained by physical or chemical forces. Our free will is a reflection of God's volitional nature, who has given us the capacity and responsibility to act for our own good and for that of those around us. Therefore, moral censure and moral praise make sense and help to define our ethical lives.”

Tickets for the debate are expected to sell out. If interested in attending, contact Grace Community Church at 740-333-5433. Tickets are $6 each or $15 for all three sessions. Learn more: www.debatesummit.com.

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs. Featuring a worldwide Christian ministries program, the University offers more than 100 areas of study to 3,000 students. Visit the University Web site at www.cedarville.edu.