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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.
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(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
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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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Primitive religion and Shamanism were practiced by the ancestors of the Uyghurs before Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Manichaeism, Nestorianism and Islam were introduced into the region.
(1.) The Catholic community in this time period refers to Nestorianism. The first introduction of Christianity in China started in the year 635 when a Christian monk Aluoben arrived at Chang'an.
Original Mongol Shamanism-Tengrism based upon the worship of the sky, nature and ancestors co-existed with numerous other prevailing and new schools of religious thought including Nestorianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam.
It negated Nestorianism, the doctrine that there were two separate persons, one human and one divine, in Christ.
Nestorianism, one branch of the early Christianity, become prevalent in China as early as in the Tang Dynasty (618-907a.d.) But generally speaking, during the long history of China, under the ruling of the secular imperial authority, these religions coexisted without major religious conflict with each other.
The book does not mention Nestorianism, a more successful indigenous model in China in the Tang Dynasty from the seventh to ninth centuries.
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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. Since Christ retained two distinct natures that are unified in a nonaccidental way, they must be unified in the Word, which is a divine person.
But the more important information was that Xi'an welcomed different religions and philosophies like Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism and Manichaeism.
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.