Here's a fun video discussion the problem of free will (HT - 5Min Life Videopedia). It's from a film called "Waking Life" which I confess I had not heard of till today, Sorry if there are any Waking Life fans out there who are flummoxed that I don't know about this, but please don't take offense - I'm quite out of the loop on a number of matters.
I don't know about this guy's religious leaning's or philosophical foundation but I enjoyed listening because he shows that the concept of free will poses a number of problems even for those who come at the issue without a conscious religious background.
Being a Christian of the Calvinist/Reformed variety, I am used to hearing people say that my view of God's sovereignty and man's free will turns God into the divine Stalin. In Christian circles, to deny the common view of free will is tantamount to advocating that God is a religious totalitarian dictator. The common view is "God is all wise and all powerful but He is a gentleman and would never violate anyone's free will . . . yada, yada, yada."
In my mind, that view is based mostly on sentiment, which doesn't render it an invalid argumen t. If I claim my view is based on an objective study of Scripture I may betray a rationalistic mindset which corrupts my understanding as much as the sentimentality of someone else corrupts their's.
At the same time, I don't think the common - God is a gentleman - view does justice to some of the classic passages like Ephesians 1 and Romans 9-11. That view also raises as many dilemmas as it proposes to answer. For instance, why do people who hold the "God is a gentleman" view pray. It seems to me that unless they are praying for rain or for God to move an inanimate object they are asking God to violate His very nature, as they conceive it. In other words, if it is in God's nature to never violate the free will of His creatures, then we are asking God to violate that nature if we ask Him to influence someone's choices.
Still, I know this has been beaten to death in other places and I won't claim to resolve the issue here to anyone's satisfaction but my own. I do want to point out though, that the reformed tradition has a very robust and nuanced view on free will which is often missed even by it's proponents. But I think the "Waking Life" guys do us all a service here in simply calling us to respect the fact that the question of free will is more complex than we might think.