Essay about Determinism Free Will And Religiosity

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Determinism Free Will and Religiosity
Introduction: Free will as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is the ability to choose how to act, or the ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God. While determinism is a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are casually determined by preceding events or natural laws, or as a belief in predestination. Another word worth defining is religiosity which is the quality of being religious, piety, or devoutness. The purpose of this study was to see if there was a correlation with participants who were primed with determinism or free will and their responses to questions about their own religiosity. There are many debates in many different fields of research trying to decide if humans have free will or if our lives are determined by previous forces either divinely (by God) or if we are masters of our own fate. This can also be referred to as a locus of control, some individuals have a high locus of control, meaning they believe in more free will, and a low locus of control, which means they believe that they are predestined to do things. Those who believe in determinism believe that everything that happens is completely inevitable, and those who believe in free will believe that a person can do more than one act in any situation thus giving them full control over what happened. One question that is often asked is why do we have religion in the first…

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