It is interesting how atheists call themselves “Free thinker” reflecting on the entailments of this worldview. Of course, the concept is that the skeptic will throw off the supposed shackles of religion and free the skeptics autonomous reason from the subjugation any ultimate being. The Free thinker is then guided by his own reason and not religion.

If atheism is really true it implies naturalism and determinism is the natural extension of naturalism as Sam Harris attests in his book, Free will. First, he Rejects libertarian free will and then Compatibilist free will:

“Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making.”
― Sam Harris, Free Will

“Compatibilism amounts to nothing more than an assertion of the following creed: A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.”
― Sam Harris, Free Will

If all of our actions, thoughts and desires are a function of prior conditions, how can our thinking be considered free? It seems to me, the only way freedom is even possible is that God does exist and we are created with minds that transcend the physical world.

So the next time you hear someone declare themselves a “free thinker” as how that is even possible on their worldview.