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n.1.(Eccl. Hist.) One of an ancient sect who held that Christ had but one will as he had but one nature. Cf. Monophysite.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Since "theologians as diverse as Cyril and Nestorius, Chalcedonians and non-Chalcedonians, Maximus the Confessor and Monothelites all claimed Gregory's authority for their own doctrinal ends" (227), Hofer is more than doubtful about the adequacy of the Dogmengeschichte approach for the different Christologies before Chalcedon, and especially for Gregory's very distinctive account of Christ.
The Global Anglicans Future Conference, being able to affirm only four of the seven ecumenical councils, by which Christian orthodoxy has been defined for 1,500 years, shows itself heterodox: Monophysites, monothelites, or nestorians?
Parallel to the ch-persecution was the question of the number of wills (w) of Christ, which was finally resolved when Emperor Philippikos, who held with the Monothelites that w = 1 (in conflict with the official position, adopted at the Council of Constantinople in 681, that w = 2, both divine and human), was overthrown in 713.