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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dr. William Lane Craig embraces the heresy of Monotheletism

I don't think he knows that classical Nestorians as well as modern Calvinists also embrace the heresy. He thinks it was only the Monophysites. To be honest, I really don't think Dr. Craig understands the issue. And I am only saying this because of what he said on his website. If he understood the issue then he might change his mind on the matter.

As seen from his website

The Roman Catholic Dave Armstrong already wrote a rebuttal. As seen here.
or here "Biblical Evidence Against Monothelitism (the Heresy of Denying That Jesus Had Both a Human Will and a Divine Will)"

This reminds me of something Dr. Alister Mcgrath said in his book "Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First"

From the section "The Problem of Heresy for Protestantism"
"................a couple pages down...........From its outerset, Protestantism was branded as a heresy by the Catholic church. Protestants responded with indignation, retorting that they had recovered orthodoxy from its medieval distortions. What was Protestantism if not the recovery of the orthodox faith of the early church? Yet Catholics had little difficulty in arguing that, while Protestantism might be perfectly capable of recovering earlier biblical interpretations, it lacked the means to determine whether it had retrieved was orthodox or heterodox. And lacking any such capacity to discriminate between such interpretations, Protestants were obligated to repeat the judgments of the Catholic church on these matters. In their turn, Protestants argued that, since they were committed to restoring the authentic teaching of the early church, this naturally extended to its views on orthodoxy and heresy. In the end, the arguments were not decisive. However, the debate highlighted the potential danger for Protestantism arising from competing biblical interpretations. Who had the right to decide which were orthodox and which heretical?
This led to a further difficulty as divisions emerged within Protestant constituencies. Itself partly a consequence of the intellectual ferment of the Renaissance, Protestantism found that it could not check this innovative and critical tendency within its own ranks. It had merely been relocated, not neutralized............"

This is exactly what we see here in this situation with Dr. William Lane Craig. It's really sad for I actually liked the man, but error is error, and it is what it is.

To find out more about the 5th and 6th councils you can listen to the audios of Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald

Play Audio (The 6th council)


PLAY (Right-click to Download) 6th Ecumenical Council-681 AD
reaffirms two natural energies and two natural wills of Christ taught by Pope Leo and Maximus the Confessor against the Emperor Heraclius’ Church reunion efforts using Monoenergism and Monothelatism.

For more context about the 6th council, listen to these as well:

PLAY (Right-click to Download) 4th Ecumenical Council-450 AD Condemnation of Eutychianism. 2 natures doctrine of Leo’s Tome. Monophysite schism.

PLAY (Right-click to Download) 5th Ecumenical Council-553 AD and the Emperor Justinian Completion of integration of Chalcedon and Cyril of Alexandria’s theology.


[1] pages 227-229 from the book "Christianity's Dangerous Idea" by Dr. Alister Mcgrath, HarperOne @ 2007


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