Indeed, this is probably the one point on which we do agree. Whether physics is deterministic or not is not relevant to questions of free will; in fact, neither is materialism –; the analysis is the same if there are ontologically fundamental mental objects.
of dancing dogs and female preachers, it is not done well - the wonder is that it is done at all. I suppose there is some human instinct to bring order out of chaos - as Voegelin observed, the order of history is the history of order. Yet some types of order succeed better than others, and certainly the patriarchal or matriarchal families represent both the most common and the most successful of the lot.