Libertarian Free Will vs. Compatibilism is hardly worth the HBO promotion it gets. The Lib. camp seems to have a firm foot in philosophy, while the Dirty Comps fortify the world of exegesis. I gather these statistics from Jerry Walls, who is himself an Arminian philosopher – so don’t complain about my bias.

But that’s like saying, “Arminians can have all the styrofoam swords they want, and Calvinists get the steel-rods.” What good is philosophy against a clear exegesis of Scripture?

Nevertheless, we keep both boxers in the ring. The Lib. swinger (5’4″, short arms, bony chest) thinks he really has a chance. We’ll give him a silky participation ribbon. Is it platonic or cruel that the Compatibilists keep their champion in the ring, to every now and then give the little guy a “1, 2” on the jaw? It’s interesting to watch, sometimes – but it can drag.

This thing needs a “mercy rule.” Picture that guy who immediately gets his hand bent back to the forearm, but won’t say “uncle.” The scene almost hurts just as much to watch. So I’m going to be “that guy” and call off the match.

Joshua 10:29-32. It’s a short, simple passage that ultimately credits God and functionally credits man. This is your cut-and-dry definition of compatibilism. God is sovereign, man is responsible. Shakespeare writes the play, Hamlet moves within it.

29 Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Makkedah to Libnah, and fought against Libnah.

30 The Lord gave it also with its king into the hands of israel, and he struck it and every person who was in it with the edge of the sword. he left no survivor in it. Thus he did to its king just as he had done to the king of Jericho.

31 And Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Libnah to Lachish, and they camped by it and fought against it.

32 The Lord gave Lachish into the hands of Israel; and he captured it on the second day, and struck it and every person who was in it with the edge of the sword, according to all that he had done in Libnah.