Emperor Theodosius II Exiles Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople Hot

Emperor Theodosius II Exiles Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople

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Nestorius, now deposed from the office of Patriarch of Constantinople, is exiled by Emperor Theodosius II to a monastery in Egypt.

Nestorius is the creator of Nestorianism, a doctrine declared heretical at the First Council of Ephesus in 431. According to Nestorius, Jesus Christ possessed two separate natures, one human and one divine.

Nestorius teaches that the two natures of Christ are not unified and is convinced that this disunity is orthodox; in fact, Nestorius was the one who convinced Theodosius II to call First Council of Ephesus because he wanted a forum to argue his case and have his opponents excommunicated. Exactly the opposite actually happened, however.

This will become the longest-lasting schism of the Christian church. Nestorian teachings will survive in the Assyrian Church of the East in Iran, Iraq, and Syria through the 21st century.

Until the end of his life, Nestorius will continue to profess his orthodoxy.

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