Speech Made by Mr. Sergi Megeneishvili

On the 28th of November 2019, the second year student Mr. Sergi Meginaishvili gave a speech, Titled : “A Split of Monophysitism into Various Factions” (the scientific supervisor: Archpriest Maxime Chanturia, PhD in Theology, Professor). The speaker mentioned that in the 5th-6th centuries, the main issue of Christological controversies was how the divine nature and the human nature of Christ contained each other, precisely, how the second hypostasis of the Holy Trinity assumed the human nature. The radical Christians, failing to understand the essence of the teaching of Cyril of Alexandria on the two natures of Christ, initiated the heresy of Monophysitism.  The followers of the aforementioned heresy strove vehemently to support their teaching. The Monophysits sharply rejected the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon. Mr. Sergi Megeneishvili noted that the history of Monophysitism represents a process of its division into minor factions. During two hundred years, Monophysitism was divided into 12-13 different sects, which according to the speaker took place due to partly dogmatic and partly canonical issues. Mr. Sergi Megeneishvili’s talk represents a discourse of precisely this history in its multiple aspects. As the speaker noted, the Monophysitism found its support in nationalistic contentions and affected several countries (Ethiopia, Armenia, etc.), every attempt of reconciliation having been of no avail.

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