An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


Christological heresy of the fourth century, based on the teaching of Apollinarius, Bishop of Laodicea (c. 310-c. 390). Apollinarius held that Christ had no human spirit. The Divine Logos was believed to take the place of the human spirit in Christ. Christ thus was understood to be fully divine but less than fully human. Apollinarianism was opposed by Gregory of Nazianzus and Gregory of Nyssa. It was condemned by the General Council of Constantinople I (381).

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