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n. Christianity
An adherent of the doctrine that in the person of Jesus there was but a single, divine nature.

[Late Latin monophysīta, from Late Greek monophusītēs : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek phusis, nature; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

Mo·noph′y·site, Mo·noph′y·sit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
Mo·noph′y·sit′ism n.


a 5th-century heresy concerning the nature of Christ, asserting that He had only a divine nature or that the human and divine made one composite nature. Cf. Dyophysitism. — Monophysite, n., adj. — Monophysitic, Monophysitical, adj.
See also: Christ
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Noun1.Monophysitism - 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
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
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Consequently, if Christ's unity is in the natures, then either one nature would have to be changed into the other, as in monophysitism, or the union between the two natures would be accidental, as in Nestorianism.
If Southwell is asserting that God is tricking human beings with his childlike aspect, Southwell would here be guilty of Monophysitism, and indeed, the question of Christ's knowledge in his childhood cannot be approached without reference to St.
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.
50) Because of the strict dichotomy between the sacred and profane in iconoclastic thought, the iconodules, partly out of polemic and partly based on truth, accused them of "denying the two-natures formula of Chalcedon" and being a corollary to Monophysitism or Monothelitism.
John Block, "Philoponian Monophysitism in South Arabia at the Advent of Islam With Implications for the English Translation of 'Thalatha' in Qurrhringan 4.
In chapter 4, Arthur examines the connection between Dionysius and monophysitism.
Rosen confuses mosaics in Ravenna with frescoes (160), Arianism with Monophysitism (257), and Monophysitism with Eastern Orthodoxy (274).
We overlook, perhaps, the security offered by Islam, for which neither secularism and the apparatus of social security nor Christianity offers an alternative, forgetting the turbulence existing among pre-Islamic Christian Arabs, their long attachment to Monophysitism and their treatment at the hands of the Byzantine authorities.
There the soul of the Emperor Justinian, closed and nested in his own radiance and shining with a double light, (45) recounts how, after Pope Agapetus (46) had directed him away from the errors of monophysitism, he had consequently reformed Roman Law and removed its superfluities "by the will of Primal Love," that is, with God's grace.
But even in its officially sanctioned forms, the trinitarianism of the classical tradition ruled out as plainly heretical the docetism, monarchianism and monophysitism that would have justified any such bald statement of Christ's divinity as the slogan "Jesus is God".
62) The issue, of course, was Tolstoy's "new religion," which Soloviev understood to be but a variant of ancient heresies such as Arianism and Monophysitism.
It might be called a regional movement, except that the originator of Monophysitism had been a Greek monk in Constantinople, and at first Monophysites could be found all over the empire.