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- n. Alternative form of Monothelete.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of an ancient sect who held that Christ had but one will as he had but one nature. Cf. Monophysite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds that Christ has but one will, the divine; specifically, one of a heretical sect or party in the Eastern Empire in the seventh century, which held that in Christ there are but one will (the divine will absorbing the human) and one operation or energy (
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He was the greatest defender of Orthodoxy against what was called the Monothelite heresy, which developed from the heresy of Eutyches, i.e., as Eutyches asserted that there is only one nature in Christ, so the Monothelites asserted that there is only one will in Him - the Divine.
It was there decided that Jesus Christ had two wills; and Pope Honorius I., was condemned as a Monothelite, i. e., as wishing Jesus Christ to have but one will
It is profitable, too, to reflect on the background against which St. Sophronius wrote: the Persian invasions that Emperor Heraclius repelled with desperate fighting, the Monophysite and Monothelite controversies within the Church, and the Moslem assault that placed the birthplace of Christianity under alien rule.
Thus, the Christians of the Euphrates Valley became firmly Nestorian, the Armenians Monophysite, and the Maronites, now the leading Lebanese Christian community, Monothelite.
Cyrus, bishop of Phasis, a virulent Monothelite, was by
Monothelite heresy, which he confuted in a learned letter to that emperor, by the tradition of the apostolic church of Rome:
Monothelite heresy seemed an expedient whereby to compound with the
Pope Gregory signalized the beginning of his popedom by deposing John VI., the Monothelite, false patriarch of
Monothelite heresy, not known before the year 620.
He was no sooner established in his see, than he assembled a council of all the bishops of his patriarchate, in 634, to condemn the Monothelite heresy, and composed a synodal letter to explain and prove the Catholic faith This excellent piece was confirmed in the sixth general council.