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The Byzantine Christ: Person, Nature, and Will in the Christology of Saint Maximus the Confessor

Demetrios Bathrellos


St Maximus the Confessor is one of the giants of Christian theology. His doctrine of two wills gave the final shape to ancient Christology and was ratified by the Sixth Ecumenical Council in ad 681. This study throws new light upon one of the most interesting periods of historical and systematic theology. Its historical focus is the 7th century, the century that saw the rapid expansion of Islam and the Empire’s failed attempt to retain many of its south-eastern provinces by inventing and promoting the heresy of Monothelitism (only one will in Christ) as a bridge between the Byzantine Church an ... More

Keywords: Apollinarism, Christology, inter alia, dyothelitism, Gethsemane prayer, monothelitism, neo-Chalcedonism, Nestorianism, hypostasis, will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199258643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Demetrios Bathrellos, author
Priest in the Greek Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom, London, Visiting Research Fellow at King's College, London, and Visiting Lecturer, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge