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The Eastern Church: The Nestorians
Cameron Sawyer adds to our debate about the Eastern Church: "The Assyrian Eastern Church is accurately referred to as Nestorian, inasmuch as the Church venerates Nestorius to this day, a matter of some dispute with the Coptic Church, which on the contrary follows Nestorius nemesis Cyril of Alexandria. How durable are these ancient Christological disputes! Nestorius and Cyril, were the key figures in the Council of Ephesus in 431, which split off certain Eastern bishops from the main body of Christianity. Nestorius was condemned for his objections to the application of the term theotokos (God-bearing) to the Virgin Mary.The to us perhaps subtle Christological dispute was resolved (or declared to be resolved) in 1994 by the Common Christological Declaration Between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East (see http://www.cired.org/cat/declare.html), over the objections of the Coptic Church (see http://www.uk-christian.net/boc/dialogue02.shtml)".
Ronald Hilton - 3/9/02