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1. Of or relating to the theological doctrine, declared heretical in 431, that within Jesus are two distinct persons, divine and human, rather than a single divine person.
2. Of or relating to a Christian church whose teachings are historically derived from this doctrine.

[After Nestoriuswho was accused of propounding this doctrine.]

Nes·to′ri·an n.
Nes·to′ri·an·ism n.


(Theology) the doctrine that Christ was two distinct persons, divine and human, implying a denial that the Virgin Mary was the mother of God. It is attributed to Nestorius and survives in the Iraqi Church
Nesˈtorian n, adj


a 5th-century heresy concerning Christ’s nature, asserting that the human and divine were in harmony but separate and that Mary should be considered the Mother of Christ, not of God. — Nestorian, n., adj.
See also: Christ
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Noun1.Nestorianism - the theological doctrine (named after Nestorius) that Christ is both the son of God and the man Jesus (which is opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine that Christ is fully God)
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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A man with unshakable conviction in his own faith and an unyielding grip on Nestorianism, took over the Church of the East in 1976, the crumbling church was at its lowest ebb with just 5 bishops & a handful of churches in its ecclesiastical arsenal, the great Nestorian mission was disarrayed and on the point of extinction, although it must be said through no fault of its own.
Subordinationism, Arianism, which caused the murder of millions, Macedonianism, Nestorianism, Monophysitism, Monothelitism, Donatism, Pelagianism--all these in the first five hundred years of the Church.
It is quite interesting that the iconoclastic Council of Hieria accused the supporters of icons of being akin to both monophysitism and Nestorianism.
The first two papers following the introduction, Brian Leftow's "The humanity of God" (20-44) and Oliver Crisp's "Compositional christology without Nestorianism," (45-66), go together in that they approach the problem by utilising compositional models.
As regards to why they did not express what they recognized to be positive in the Antiochene approach, they would have wanted not to alienate those who regarded Theodore and his teaching as the primary source of Nestorianism.
In the thirteenth century, when the pope repeatedly sent Franciscan and Dominican missions to Tartars, Nestorianism proved significant there again, since by then Nestorians had ceased to be marginalised by Mongol rulers.
His attack on Nestorius resulted in the condemnation of Nestorianism at the Council of Ephesus in 431, where Cyril deployed all his powers to get his way.
The mere invocation of the names of the great heresies of the past--Arianism, Nestorianism, Eunomianism, Docetism, Eutychianism, to name a few--may tempt us to believe that heresy is now a matter for the historians, and the degrees of remotion from our own setting these names indicate might imply that the whole thing is a dead issue (has anyone called you a "Donatist" recently?
The thirty contributions in this volume were for the most part presented in May 2003 at a conference entitled "Research on Nestorianism in China" that brought to Salzburg historians, theologians, Sinologists, and archaeologists.
The contributions were first presented at the conference "Research on Nestorianism in China" held in Salzburg in May 2003.
Cyril, Vrettos--who did his theological study at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary in Boston (which for some reason is alternately referred to as "Holy Cross Greek Theological Seminary" and "Holy Cross Greek Theological School" here)--never accurately describes the Alexandrian patriarch's triumphant contribution to Orthodox Tradition in the course of the struggle against Nestorianism.