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Word Origin and History for montanist



mid-15c., millenarian and severely ascetic sect that believed in continual direct inspiration of the spirit and offered prominent church roles to women, from Montanus, Christian-inspired prophet in the wilds of Phrygia c.160 C.E. The heresy persisted into the 6c. and helped bring prophecy into disrepute in the established Church. Related: Montanism.

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Historical Examples of montanist

  • In Augustine's own country Tertullian had maintained that flight was unlawful, but he was a Montanist when he so wrote.

    Selections from the Prose Writings of John Henry Cardinal Newman

    John Henry Newman

  • As late as the Antonines, montanist prophets that arose in that country attempted to introduce it into Christianity.

  • In the Montanist churches women baptized, and of this there are traces in the earliest church and in the Caucasus.

  • Besides, we see from Tertullian's writings that the secession of the Montanist conventicles from the Church was forced upon them.

  • Cf. specially the Montanist writings; the treatise de ieiunio is the most important among them in this case; see cc.