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Christianity / Ecumenical council /
Third Council of Constantinople


In Christianity, 6th ecumenical council held in Constantinople 680-681. It consisted of 18 sessions over a period of more than 10 months.
The council was convened by Byzantine Emperor Constantine 4, and 100 bishops attended in the beginning, but this would rise to 174.
The aim of the council was to establish a universal condemnation of Monothelitism. Monothelitism was attempt to bridge conflict over Jesus Christ's nature between the Chalcedonian stand of two natures (human and divine) united and the Monophysite stand of Jesus having just one nature. Monothelitism stated that Jesus Christ had only one will, although two natures. But Monothelitism had only created more conflict without mending anything.
From the emperor's point of view, the council delivered the goods and the Monothelite stand was condemned. Supporters of Monothelitism were condemned.
It was 127 years since the last council (Second of Constantinople) and it would be 106 years until the next (Second of Nicaea).




By Tore Kjeilen