>>> What transpires is a causal
> sequence often called Fate, one of the many names of Zeus. There is
> possible branching. Whatever happens has to happen given the total
> prior causes. Some events that transpire, of course, do so through
> through the assents and choices that human beings made, but these
> nevertheless results of prior conditions that could not be other
> they are or were.
I have instinctually held this to be true for much of my life. Even
though my choices are free, and my descisions matter, they are
ultimately determined. This is hard to explain but the message posted
about free will and determinism did a good job. The idea that free
will can be determined seems contradictory to some, unless you
understand that God is immanent rather than transcendant. (The idea
that free will is determined is actually much more reasonable to
think it is absolutely free, in which case it would be a ghost..not
held to the laws of nature or any logical neccesity...an idea which
is not helpful.)
> charge of) everything (except our sinful choices).
This has never made sense. God put man in charge of the one thing he
is not supposed to do, i.e, have a will different than God's. The
Stoic Zeus you describe does not need to rely on paradoxes or
mysteries to be understood...a refreshing change.