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Monenergism-Monothelitism and Dyenergism-Dyothelitism constituted two alternative interpretations of how Christ acted and willed. These interpretations, as they manifested themselves in the seventh century, were cut from the same cloth. Both were Chalcedonian and expressed in the same neo-Chalcedonian language. Despite their common Chalcedonian and neo-Chalcedonian background, Dyenergists-Dyothelites laid emphasis on the Christological formulas of Chalcedon and on those in the Tome of Leo, while their opponents appeared to prefer neo-Chalcedonian concepts and theological methods. Monenergism-Monothelitism was exploited as a political project to establish a rapprochement between Chalcedonians and anti- Chalcedonians. The controversy over energeia and will constituted one of the greatest challenges ever encountered in the Church's Christological tradition. It lasted almost a century, caused the convocation of two great councils and produced outstanding theologians.

Keywords:Christ; Dyenergism-Dyothelitism; energeia; Monenergism-Monothelitism; neo-Chalcedonian



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