“Slipping Down from God” Maximus the Confessor on Irrational Abandonment and Human Restoration

“Slipping Down from God” Maximus the Confessor on Irrational Abandonment and Human Restoration

David Griffin

Pastor of North Canberra Baptist Church, ACT

Abstract: This article explores Maximus the Confessor’s logos conception of human creation, its fall, and its restoration, in relation to the human will. Human creation is the concrete enactment by the eternal Logos of his determination of the logos of the human creature. Slipping down from this createdness occurs through the irrational distortion of the will by ungodly desire. Restoration is accomplished through the pressing of the will into its created purpose or logos through the Logos. This commences with the true apprehension of our created logos as seen in the incarnate Logos. As such Maximus offers a Christological corrective to contemporary moral voluntarism’s elevation of the subjective will as the primary aspect of the human person.