A famous preacher at Antioch whom the Emperor made bishop of Constantinople in 428. This imperial capital gave Nestorius a platform. From it he tried to defend the position of his teacher in the faith, Theodore, bishop of Mopsuestia, near Antioch. Nestorius rejected a popular designation of Mary as the "God-bearer, Mother of God". He held that Christ joined two persons. He did not deny the deity of Christ; but in emphasizing the reality and integrity of the savior’s humanity, Nestorius pictured the relation between the two natures in terms of a moral "conjunction" or a merging of wills rather than that of an essential "union". He refused to attribute to the divine nature the human acts and sufferings of the man Jesus. In his autobiography Nestorius insisted that he did not oppose the use of "God-bearer" because he denied the Godhead of Christ, but to emphasize that Jesus was born as a genuine human being with body and soul.
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