English: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvo...

English: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir at Balzac Memorial Deutsch: Jean-Paul Sartre und Simone de Beauvoir am Denkmal von Balzac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is man free?  

Is he truly free to choose?  If man is not capable of not sinning does that mean that he is not free to not sin!

Jean-Paul Sartre holds the idea that if God exists, man can not be free.  That freedom is not true freedom unless it is absolute.  That anything less than full autonomy is not true freedom.  But must there be complete, unrestricted freedom in order to be free?

Just an illusion

Is anything short of absolute autonomy only an illusion of freedom?  In the movie of the same name a member of the Adjustment Bureau states to the hero of the story, “You don’t have free-will you have the appearance of free-will.”  The presupposition being that if we don’t have complete free-will then it is all just an illusion.  But is it?  Do we have to have complete free will versus having none? Are those the only two options?
What are your thoughts?  If you cannot choose not to sin does that mean you don’t have free will?
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