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Learning our way to heaven - Eve's Commonplace
Learning our way to heaven

Free will allows us to choose. But we have incomplete knowledge, and so will often make errors. However, this does not mean that sins arising from an incomplete data set are not our fault. Rather, we have a duty to create as complete a data set as possible, lest we fall back on this as an excuse. Such sins of commission arise from a sin of omission in learning.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Whilst it is each individual's duty to complete their data set as much as possible, there can't be free choice without complete knowledge. So should we allow 'free choice' - if, ultimately, it isn't free?
Individuals are not the only ones responsible for the sin of omission in learning - access to that learning (and the quality of it) must be dictated by the state. Only with complete knowledge can there be free choice. The sins of commission might be by the individual.
But if the sins of omission are by us all, surely that negates the individual sins of commission?
evepoole From: evepoole Date: August 13th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
First, I am not sure how 'we' could limit 'free choice' - what do you mean? Second, I agree with you that we cannot be held individually responsible for learning that was inaccessible to us. But, in the spirit of the 'ignorance is no defence' line of argument, for me this merely confirms the requirement on those who are in a position of influence (i.e., most people in the first world in one sense or another)to strive to increase the quality and accessibility of learning, not just for children but for every citizen of the world. Maybe God has a view on the scoring of sins of individual commission brought on by collective sins of ommission - luckily I'm not qualified to judge.
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