I'm still attempting to process what just happened to me in a class, so forgive me if I'm not explaining everything adequately.
I'm attending a Baptist seminary (not for the Mdiv, for their MA in Philosophy of Religion) where the professors have to sign the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 in addition to other stuff. They are held to this covenant. But apparently the covenant doesn't cover anything about the Incarnation...
In this class we ended up discussing St. Augustine's teaching on original sin in application to the Incarnation. Throughout the discussion, the professor hinted at some pretty nefarious things, so I went ahead and asked him point blank what he meant. He said, verbatim, "I deny the teaching of the dual wills of Christ and I have major problems with and do not accept the dual natures of Christ." Of course, I was shocked that in a place that values theologically correct professors that he was saying such at hint. What equally shocked me is that NO ONE in the class (some of whom are future pastors who are taking the class as an elective) saw a problem with this and/or didn't understand what was going on.
The prof said that via kenosis Christ emptied Himself of aspects of His divine nature, which explains why He was able to grow in knowledge, age, etc.
The thing is, I've seen this as a growing trend within certain Protestant circles. There seems to be a great ignorance on the Incarnation. That it's not infecting the academic level as a "conservative" seminary has left a sickening knot in my stomach.
Then again, maybe I'm wrong and everything I've read on the Incarnation has been incorrect. I've read all the major works on the Incarnation from the Patristics and every single one seems to say that Christ has two natures and two wills (in fact, I interpreted St. Cyril of Jerusalem to kind of make this his main point). But maybe I've been wrong, maybe I've vastly misinterpreted all the teachings, everything I've heard in liturgy, and everything I've read. Of course, I mean this (somewhat) rhetorically, but being in a class full of people who didn't see an issue with what the professor said, I do have to wonder if I'm going a bit crazy.
I think I shall read some St. Athanasius for comfort...