Definition of Nestorianism in English:


Pronunciation /nesˈtôrēəˌnizəm/ /nɛsˈtɔriəˌnɪzəm/


  • The doctrine that there were two separate persons, one human and one divine, in the incarnate Christ. It is named after Nestorius, patriarch of Constantinople (428–31), and was maintained by some ancient churches of the Middle East. A small Nestorian Church still exists in Iraq.

    ‘There is here neither Monophysitism nor Nestorianism, but an unconfused and undivided union of the church with the world.’
    • ‘It is here - then referred to as Diamper by the Portuguese, that in 1599, Dom Alexis De Menezes, the Archbishop of Goa, tried to stamp out what he perceived as Nestorianism within the Kerala Church.’
    • ‘Docetism and Nestorianism are ruled out ex hypothesi.’
    • ‘While this may not appear to be a problem to us, the separation of Christ's manhood from his deity is actually a grave heresy called Nestorianism.’
    • ‘Some of the earliest members of Detroit's Chaldean American community recall hearing stories from their grandparents about the conversion of their town from Nestorianism.’