Is man a free agent?
This is a question of theology, which has
long been mooted. The point is this: If God fore-ordains all our
actions, they must take place as he fore-ordains them, and man acts as
a watch or clock; but if, on the other hand, man is responsible for his
actions, he must be free to act as his inclination leads him. Those who
hold the former view are called necessitarians; those who hold
the latter, libertarians.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894