Some Contemporary Objections to Dyotheletism

Michael Garten over at Energetic Procession goes back over the perennial question of willing in Christ, this time considering three contemporary, Evangelical Protestant objections to the dyothelite position (i.e. that Christ had a human and divine will, not a divine will alone) asserted by St Maximus the Confessor and upheld by the sixth ecumenical council: 1) that the Gospel implies one will, not two; 2) that asserting two wills implies Nestorianism–Christ being two persons, not one; and 3) by induction, we often see person and will to be identical, assuming they are one and the same agent–how is it different in Christ? In this first post out of three, Mr Garten addresses point #1, considering current Protestant positions put forward in support of the objection, followed by a look at St Maximus’ response to the problem from the vantage point of the Gospel.

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