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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.
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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
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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With the establishment of Christianity and the development of the Eastern Roman Kingdom or Byzantium, in a fight for the supremacy of the church, and of course through the church with the empire, the decisions for judgment of Monophysitism in the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451, certainly had its negative consequences on the population with Egyptian backgrounds in Balkan areas.
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.
Different understandings of the Eucharist were, at that time, not a threat to Christian unity; but different understandings about the nature of Christ (e.g., monophysitism vs.
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.
They considered only the eucharist, the church building and the sign of the cross to be holy because of their consecration, "whereas icons and relics were illegitimately consecrated from below by popular veneration." (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.
Those anathematisms also refer to Christians, who refuse to acknowledge the dual--godly and human--nature of Christ (Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysitism), as well as iconoclasm and those who reject the entire written as well as unwritten church tradition (25).
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. She gives a very general overview of the careers of ten figures in the Monophysite party at the time of Justinian: Severus of Antioch, John of Tella, Peter of Reshaina, Thomas of Dara, Thomas of Damascus, Antony of Aleppo, Thomas of Himeria, Constantine of Laodicea, Peter of Apamea, and John Bar Aphthonia.
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.