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  1. Monophysitismnoun

    a Christian heresy of the 5th and 6th centuries that challenged the orthodox definition of the two natures (human and divine) in Jesus and instead believed there was a single divine nature


  1. monophysitismnoun

    A Christian belief which holds that the human nature of Jesus Christ was essentially absorbed by the divine, and thus that he essentially had but one nature, contrary to the orthodox view that Christ has two natures, both fully human and fully divine. A variant is apollonarianism, which has gnostic overtones and used hellenistic ideas alien to orthodox Christianity.

  2. Etymology: Greek μονοφυσιτισμός, from μόνος (only one) + φύσις (nature), 'belief to a single nature'


  1. Monophysitism

    Monophysitism ( or ) or monophysism () is a Christological term derived from the Greek μόνος (monos, "alone, solitary") and φύσις (physis, a word that has many meanings but in this context means "nature"). It is defined as "a doctrine that in the person of the incarnated Word (that is, in Jesus Christ) there was only one nature—the divine".


  1. monophysitism

    Monophysitism is a religious doctrine or belief which asserts that Jesus Christ has one single nature, as opposed to the concept of dyophysitism, which asserts that Christ has two natures - one divine and one human. Monophysitism was a prevalent belief in early Christianity and led to numerous theological debates and controversies.


  1. Monophysitism

    Monophysitism, is the Christological position that, after the union of the divine and the human in the historical Incarnation, Jesus Christ, as the incarnation of the eternal Son or Word of God, had only a single "nature" which was either divine or a synthesis of divine and human. Monophysitism is contrasted to dyophysitism which maintains that Christ maintained two natures, one divine and one human, after the Incarnation. Historically, Monophysitism refers primarily to the position of those who rejected the Council of Chalcedon in 451. The moderate members of this group, however, maintained a "Miaphysite" theology that became that of the Oriental Orthodox churches. Many Oriental Orthodox reject the label "Monophysite" even as a generic term, but it is extensively used in the historical literature. After the Council of Chalcedon, the Monophysite controversy led to a lasting schism between the Oriental Orthodox churches, on the one hand, and the Western and the Eastern Orthodox churches on the other. The Christological conflict among monophysitism, duophysitism, and their subtle combinations and derivatives lasted from the third through the eighth centuries and left its mark on all but the first two Ecumenical Councils. The vast majority of Christians nowadays belong to the so-called "Chalcedonian" churches. i.e. the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and traditional Protestant churches; these churches have always considered monophysitism to be heretical.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monophysitism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monophysitism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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