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As I read through Oman's treatment of the Dark Ages, I am struck again and again by his references to Catholics (which seems in a contextual sense to mean Christian orthodoxy writ large) and what I read as the seeds of the Great Schism of 1054.

Before the Iconoclast dispute, the Henoticon seems to have created an uproar. I am at a loss to understand why, beyond the usual problems of counting how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. As I understand the document, it was an attempt to heal the rift between the Monophysites and the rest of Christian orthodoxy at the time.

On what theological basis did the bishop of Rome excommunicate the Patriarch Acacius, for assisting Zeon in drafting the Henoticon?

  • I just learned about this a week or so ago. I would attempt to answer, but I think there is excellent coverage in this Orthodoxwiki article on the subject. Essentially, it was seen as tacitly denying the condemnation of Monophysitism that came out of the 451 Council at Chalcedon. – guest37 Dec 10 '19 at 3:34
  • I think these points were considered so important because they not only related to the nature of Christ, but also to the nature of man. Did Christ's divine nature or will subsume his human nature and/or will (fundamental questions tied to Monophysitism and Monotheletism)? If so, then one could believe that how Christ behaved on earth and what He was able to do is out of reach for "normal" humans. That is my opinion, anyway. – guest37 Dec 10 '19 at 3:39
  • @guest37 There may be a way to turn that into an answer, I'll head to that link and take a look. – KorvinStarmast Dec 10 '19 at 12:20
  • Korvin - I will work on it. It's an interesting topic. Not nearly as boring as people might suppose, I think. – guest37 Dec 10 '19 at 17:13

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