St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) defended the faith against the Pelagian error (that man has free will): Jn 3:3, Ro 3:11, 1Co 2:14, Eph 2:4-5
Pelagianism . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelagianism
The Unholy Alliance . . . http://withchrist.org/unholy.htm
Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism DVD . . . http://amzn.com/B0006B46K8
Why I Am Not a Calvinist . . . http://amzn.com/0830832491
Augustinian (Calvinist), Pelagian (Functional), Semi-Pelagian (Arminian), Anabaptist (Brethren in Christ)
You'll never hear of a born again Calvinist.
What is the fruit of all this theology? It shows that we honor God with our minds.
Note: Christianity is not about being a Calvinist or Arminian . . . http://calvinistcorner.com/tulip.htm
. . . it is about love - but this framework of thought is useful in understanding the issues.
Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV)
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
An episode from Next Generation - "The Inner Light" - Portrays fatalism / determinism, where we "think" that we have free will
Star Trek TNG: The Next Level "The Inner Light" Accuracy Comparison . . . http://youtu.be/ozkrjelDCpw
The Inner Light (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Season 5, Episode 25 . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Light_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)
The Inner Light (episode) . . . http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Inner_Light_(episode)
God doesn't take away your free will. Satan does, though, through demonic possession.