Monday, February 14, 2011
Free Will vs. Fate
In Christian theology, evil (Satan/Lucifer's fall, etc.) is the price of free will. Humankind (and the angels, too) must have the ability to choose between the two poles of evil and good in order to achieve grace. Free will itself is dependent upon the choice between good and evil. In such a schema, fate is an operation of free will, not a predestined fact. By allowing free will, God must not only allow evil to exist as a choice, but He/She must also be removed from the choices free will must make in order to operate. How does Tolkien weave these theological concepts into his work? Does this notion explain why there is no "God" in Tolkien's trilogy? Why or why not? Or, contrary to the assumptions of many, does "God" appear in Tolkien's works?