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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In the East, on the contrary, the apocalyptic expectations were immediately weakened by the Montanist crisis.
In the Montanist churches women baptized, and of this there are traces in the earliest church and in the Caucasus.
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
In the West the Chiliastic hopes were little or not at all affected by the Montanist struggle.
Throughout his later life Tertullian, then, was a Montanist, though the change was not so great as might be expected.The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire|T. R. Glover