Definition of Montanism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒntənɪz(ə)m/


The tenets of a heretical millenarian and ascetic Christian sect that set great store by prophecy, founded in Phrygia by the priest Montanus in the middle of the 2nd century.
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  • In spite of various synodal condemnations of Montanism in the third century, the sect itself did not finally die out until the fifth century.
  • The third chapter, ‘Apostolic Christianity,’ presents second-century controversies involving Gnosticism and Montanism as inter-Christian debates with mixed consequences for the orthodox victors.
  • Against all this, Montanism called the Church to tighten the reigns and repent, for the kingdom of God was now finally at hand.



noun& adjective
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  • The Montanists focused on ‘ecstatic utterances ‘and created ‘new scriptures ‘based on those utterances.’
  • Then came the Montanists - teaching the same doctrine of ongoing revelations - in the last part of the second century.
  • The Montanists are remembered also by today's scholars for being one of the last holdouts on leadership roles for women and on charismatic gifts.

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