Meaning of Montanism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɒntənɪz(ə)m/


  • The tenets of a heretical millenarian and ascetic Christian sect that set great store by prophecy, founded in Phrygia by the priest Montanus in the middle of the 2nd century.

    ‘In spite of various synodal condemnations of Montanism in the third century, the sect itself did not finally die out until the fifth century.’
    • ‘The third chapter, ‘Apostolic Christianity,’ presents second-century controversies involving Gnosticism and Montanism as inter-Christian debates with mixed consequences for the orthodox victors.’
    • ‘Against all this, Montanism called the Church to tighten the reigns and repent, for the kingdom of God was now finally at hand.’