Many Platonists in the ancient world thought of the circle as the most perfect shape since it is complete, continual and has no begining and no end. It is perpetual activity. This is one reason the ancients thought of the planets as the gods, since they were in perfect motion-they went in all directions. Reason is circular since via opposition something new can always be bought forward. This is why for any argument in philosophy or any objection to an argument there is always some new crafty version lurking. It is very hard to settle a matter.
There are a number of significant discussions taking place that some of you will find helpful. They will be helpful not because I believe they produce consensus or the right answers but are rather illustrative of the continuing problems in theology. In light of these discussions I think what we discuss here as the proper relation between free will and goodness in the Christology of Maximus the Confessor will be seen to be all the more profitable. (Don’t worry, ADS is operative in the discussions as well!) Or another way of saying the same thing, the attentive reader will notice how each side affirms some trtuh at the expense of some other truth, articulated by the opposing side and yet neither are able to bring these two truths together into a single vision or understanding to bring rest to their souls. Consequently the importance of what Maximus has to offer us, both intellectually and existentially is appropriately magnified.