THINK THIS, NOT THAT #6: Monothelitism. Say THAT With Your Mouth Full!

Oh, the confusion!Last time in “Think This, Not That,” I talked about the Council of Chalcedon, at which the Church ironed out the controversy over the “Three Chapters” and Nestorianism (which wrongly claimed that Jesus had two distinct subsistences).In the seventh century, one of the biggest theological crises looming at the Council of Constantinople III (680-681 A.D.) was the spread of monothelitism.Say what? Well, that’s “mono” (as in “one”) and “thelitism” (as in theanthropic wil … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #5: Knock-Down, Drag-Out Fights Over Jesus

Whiz, bam—the early church leaders certainly knew how to put heretics and dissident theologians in their place! They’d bang their coffee cups on the table and cry, “Anathema!!”(An anathema, if you have to ask, is a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. And anathema was one of the actions which came out of Constantinople II, the fifth ecumenical council.)The story of Constantinople II is a saga of disagreement and dissent, bitter … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #4: WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? Ephesus Explains Christ’s Dual Nature

GLOSSARY FOR EPHESUS Nestorianism – Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople, and his followers believed that divine and human persons remained separate in the incarnate Christ.  For their adherence to this doctrine, they were ecclesiastically condemned in 431.  The Nestorian church, which then separated from Byzantine Christianity, centered in Persia and survived chiefly in Asia Minor.Monophysitism – The Monophysites held the anti-Chalcedonian doctrine that Christ’s nature remains altogether div … [Read more...]


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