The Monothelite Heresy Of the Seventh Century

Demetrios Bathrellos

in The Byzantine Christ

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199258642
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602795 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Monothelite Heresy Of the Seventh Century

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Examines the Christology of the 7th century monothelites. After giving a historical outline and a short biography of St Maximus, Ch. 2 reviews the secondary literature on the teaching of the monothelites. Then it offers a detailed presentation and assessment of all the monothelite theologians of this period, including pope Honorius. It is argued that the monothelites, or at least most of them, put forward a real, not simply verbal, monothelitism, which undermines the authenticity of Christ’s humanity. Moreover, it is argued that the view that the background of the monothelite doctrine is to be found in post-Chalcedonian Christology is mistaken. Instead, it is argued that we must look at Apollinarian and anti-Chalcedonian Christologies for the sources from which monothelitism sprung.

Keywords: Christ’s sinlessness; Honorius’ orthodoxy; monenergism; monothelitism; neo-Chalcedonism; object of willing; Sixth Ecumenical Council; will

Chapter.  19350 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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