Theodor von Pharan revisited - 10.1628/zthk-2020-0020 - Mohr Siebeck
Theologie

Heinz Ohme

Theodor von Pharan revisited

Häretiker und Häresiarch der μία ἐνέργεια Jesu Christi?

Jahrgang 117 () / Heft 4, S. 409-471 (63)
Publiziert 22.12.2020

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The analysis offered here of the extant passages from the writings of Bishop Theodore of Pharan, who in both 649 and 681 was anathematized as a Monophysite and heresiarch because of his acknowledgement of a single operation (μία ἐνέργεια) in Christ, does not confirm this accusation. What it instead reveals is that, as a Chalcedonian theologian and through his attention to Christ's work as Saviour, Theodore adopted a perspective that complemented an ontological analysis of the distinction between human and divine natures. This enabled him to recognize the whole of Jesus's activity as a single work of God, a dual perspective he shared before 645 with his close contemporary Anastasios of Antioch and even Maximos Homologetes. The question arises why this idea's potential to create a common understanding between Chalcedon's followers in the monenergism /Monothelitism dispute was not used. The concluding section presents the reasons that led to Theodore's condemnation.