How Many Wills Does Jesus Have? Jonathan McLatchie vs Tony Costa

More Christian confusion! In terms of orthodox Christian theology what Jonathan McLatchie believes is a heresy. It is lucky for him he did not live in Calvin’s Geneva – he would literally have been burnt alive at the stake.

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  1. His reply here

    is even worse !

    He claims that the human nature did not have a distinct centre of consciousness. He also claims that this would be tantamount to Nestorianism!

    Again he misunderstands the standard view. Although the “mind” is not specifically noted in the councils, the implication is strong. Christ’s human nature had a mind and his divine nature had a mind. I am sure they would agree that the Human nature is distinctly conscious!

    I suggest he reads the works of Timothy Pawl

    Also think about it how can one be fully human without a stream of consciousness ? (I assume that would be quite equivalent to a centre of consciousness. It would be very strange otherwise). Does anyone know of a “full human” who isn’t distinctly conscious?

    He then plays a sleigh of hand and pretends his “complex will” is the same as dyotheletism. It isn’t and his analogy clarifies it.

    Let me give the analogy of the smoker (similar to his analogy). He knows that smoking is bad for him and he is tempted because of his addictions. The single will then weighs his knowledge against his passions and acts. I fail to see how in the world this analogy is a “two will model”. We have passions (emotional stuff like temptations) and knowledge. Neither is defined as free will! All this says is that we have one will that has complex inputs that may sway its decision process. He calls this a “complex will”. This isn’t even miathelitism where we have a hybrid single nature and thus a “hybrid will” of sorts. In this oriental view we have two distinct wills(although “hybrid”) in one hybrid nature. Hardly “orthodox” in the sense expressed by Tony Costa.

    Whether the distinct wills act in synergy or not is irrelevant to the point at hand and is red herring.

    The accusation stands and the analogy he presses forward (it has also other bizarre heresies and is one of the worst ones I have heard) clarifies his “heresy”. This is monothelitism.

    Now, I am not bothered. He can hold onto any model he wants but on his model the fully human nature is not conscious(does it have a mind?) and does not have a distinct will. Ok then, what does it mean to be human in the creeds then ? Clearly an ad hoc definition that defines oneself out of inconsistency at the expense of semantics.

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  2. The Greatest Commandment

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, … Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND and with all your strength.” Mark 12


    • Jesus replied, “This is the most important: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.’ ~ Mark 12:29

      “Indeed, your God is One.” ~ Qur’an 37:4

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