Held in Constantinople in 680. Under Emperor
Constantine IV. 170 Bishops were present.
The Monothelite Controversy
It concerned the last attempt to compromise with the Monophysites.
Although Christ did have two natures (divine and human) He nevertheless,
acted as God only. In other words, His divine nature made all the
decisions and His human nature only carried and acted them out. Hence,
the name: "Monothelitism" ("mono" one and
The Council's Pronouncement
"Christ had two natures with two activities: as God working
miracles, rising from the dead and ascending into heaven; as Man,
performing the ordinary acts of daily life. Each nature exercises its
own free will." Christ's divine nature had a specific task to
perform and so did His human nature. Each nature performed those tasks
set forth without being confused, subjected to any change or working
against each other. The two distinct natures and related to them
activities were mystically united in the one Divine Person of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ."
Defender of Orthodoxy
St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662)
A simple, but enlightened monk; died in exile (Caucasus).
St. Andrew of Crete (+740)
Participated in the deliberations of the Council; author of the famous
"Canon" which is read during Great Lent.