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    I don't think the Trinity has three reasons any...

    I don't think the Trinity has three reasons any more than it has three wills. Hence it's perfectly OK to use a psychological model that identifies the Son with reason. Indeed the Logos represents...
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    Let’s make sure we’re clear on what we disagree...

    Let’s make sure we’re clear on what we disagree about, if we disagree. I would certainly agree that Jesus has only one mind. But I use Jesus to refer to a human being.

    The problem in theology is...
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    You sure you aren't referring to Jesus? This was...

    You sure you aren't referring to Jesus? This was just the Trinity, including the eternal Logos.

    But the Incarnation adds another piece. Standard theology says he has a separate human will. I...
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    I agree that when I hear “three persons” I would...

    I agree that when I hear “three persons” I would assume three consciousnesses. But “person” is being used as a technical term. How the Trinity developed is complex, so it may be that not everyone...
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    The whole Western approach to the Trinity goes in...

    The whole Western approach to the Trinity goes in the other direction.
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    It is surely the case that we don't understand...

    It is surely the case that we don't understand God completely. However the Trinity is a concept created by the Church to describe God. If the terminology isn't well defined it's not very useful....
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    Is Christ's one essence the same as the Trinity's...

    Is Christ's one essence the same as the Trinity's one essence?

    I thought I understood what you meant by modally diverse in the Trinity, since the three persons differ in their mode of being. But I...
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    In a posting just above you defined God as one...

    In a posting just above you defined God as one being with three persons.

    It seems very odd to turn to the Incarnation and equate being with person. You’re now saying that the Logos is a being,...
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    I noted when I asked the question that it’s not...

    I noted when I asked the question that it’s not entirely clear how to define “being” in this context. I’m not a Thomist, but in the section on the incarnation in the Summa, he sometimes treats the...
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    Interesting. I hadn’t realized that Craig is a...

    Interesting. I hadn’t realized that Craig is a monothelite.

    My opinion on the matter is that associating will with person is using a modern concept of what person means. I believe that “person”...
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    A more delicate question is whether Christ is one...

    A more delicate question is whether Christ is one or two beings. As Christology was finally formulated, Christ has a separate human will with separate human actions. In a common-language sense I...
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    When speaking of God, it’s difficult to know what...

    When speaking of God, it’s difficult to know what one being means. In normal language a being is someone you interact with as a single entity. It has its own will, its own consciousness, and thus is...
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    I’ve just had a discussion about modalism in...

    I’ve just had a discussion about modalism in another context. The actual theology during the time when it was defined was a mess, so it’s a bit hard to translate it into current terms. But as I...
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