St. Maximus on Free Will

St. Maximus the Confessor ca. 580-662

Whether the rational and intelligent being has eternal being or nonbeing lies in the will of the One Who created all good things. Whether it be good or bad by choice lies in the will of the creatures. (The Four Hundred Chapters on Love: Fourth Century 13)



  1. I just recently emailed Mike Horton and R. Scott Clark at Westminster west in response to their recent program “The Lure of Eastern Orthodoxy.”
    I challenged them that they failed to address the supreme reason for conversions to Orthodoxy by folks even out of Westminster and staunch Calvinism…..Christology!!! And specifically Maximus the Confessor and the Sixth Council’s rejection of monotheletism/mono-energism which demanded that Christ must have assumed our fallen but fully operational human nature, will, and energy.
    Thanks for this.

  2. You’re welcome Canadian. Here is a quote from the 6th Council:

    For should we say that the human nature of our Lord is without will and operation, how could we affirm in safety the perfect humanity? For nothing else constitutes the integrity of human nature except the essential will, through which the strength of free-will is marked in us; and this is also the case with the substantial operation. For how shall we call Him perfect in humanity if He in no wise suffered and acted as a man? For like as the union of two natures preserves for us one subsistence without confusion and without division; so this one subsistence, showing itself in two natures, demonstrates as its own what things belong to each. (Prosphneticus to the Emperor)

    That quote and all other posts on this subject will be in our synergy tab:

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