The Will as Key to Christology | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 70, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


In the last decades naturalism, the view that everything works by complex natural processes, leaving free will an illusory phenomenon, has gained influence in the intellectual climate of the West. This article addresses this issue from an unusual angle: the almost forgotten debate about the will(s) of Christ. It shows that classic Christian theology, during the course of its development, has come to articulate a non-naturalistic view of human nature, by stating that the nature ‘assumed’ by the second divine person includes a proper human free will. Theologically this means that, mainstream modern and postmodern orthodox theology, even in Christology human nature cannot be a mere instrument of God and his will.


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