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Monotheletism
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Theological controversy of the 7th cent. AD, closely linked to the politics of the Byzantine Empire. Monotheletism, as well as its predecessor, monenergism, is the doctrine of a single will (μόνος/mónos, ‘single’; θέλημα/thélēma, θέλησις/thélēsis, ‘will’) or a single action or power of action (ἐνέργεια/enérgeia) in Christ. Following military victories (Persian Wars), the East Roman Emperor Heraclius [7] (610-641) tried to reestablish ecclesiastical unity with the monophysites (Monophysitism). This was the starting point in ecclesiastical politic…

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Rist, Josef (Würzburg), “Monotheletism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e809250>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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