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Modern Interpretations of Nestorius

Braaten, Carl E

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 1963, Vol.32(3), pp.251-267 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Modern Interpretations of Nestorius
  • Author: Braaten, Carl E
  • Description: Nestorius continues to be a problem for modern historians of doctrine. The Problem arose in the fifth century when the church acting at the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) anathematized Nestorius, the Bishop of Constantinople, and pronounced Nestorianism a christological heresy. The decisions of the Council of Ephesus were accepted and re-affirmed at the Fourth (451 A.D.) and Fifth (553 A.D.) Ecumenical Councils. It must be said that “Nestorianism” as a special kind of doctrine could have been condemned as heretical could be called “dyoprosopatism.” But such was not the case. Nestorius was condemned and exiled as a heretic, and he was judged on the basis of certain doctrines which he was accused of holding. From the moment of his excommunication until the present time there have been many expressions of uncertainty as to whether he really taught and believed what was defined and condemned as Nestorianism. Somewhat epigrammatically historians have been asking whether Nestorius himself was a Nestorian.
  • Is Part Of: Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 1963, Vol.32(3), pp.251-267
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0009-6407 ; E-ISSN: 1755-2613 ; DOI: 10.2307/3162772
  • Subjects: Religion

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