Demetrios of Lampe stirred up the controversy over John 14.28

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Demetrios of Lampe, involved in doctrinal disputes (Demetrios 17003)
  • Meddled with doctrines on the nature of God: claimed that the Germans had a wrong doctrine of two natures; in discussion with Manuel 1 the latter accepted the German view (:) Kinnamos 251.14-252.9
  • Persisted in his opinion despite Manuel 1’'s opposition; wrote a book on the two natures and presented it to Manuel, who suggested he bury it, as dangerous to many, since his own opinion was firm (:) Kinnamos 252.9-15
  • Disregarded the advice of Manuel 1 and spread his opinion in private and public, among bishops and deacons, finding many supporters; he made this controversy so prominent that everyone expressed an opinion (:) Kinnamos 252.16-22
Euthymios, metropolitan of Neai Patrai (Euthymios 17001)
  • Was privately invited by Manuel 1 to explain and examine discussions about the two natures; he was at first silent, then revealed that clergy were meeting in the houses of prominent men and conspiring to avoid Manuel (:) Kinnamos 254.9-18
Loukas (Chrysoberges), patriarch of Constantinople (Loukas 11)
  • Only he and around six deacons originally supported Manuel 1 against Demetrios 17003, and he dared not express his opinion in public (:) Kinnamos 253.21-254.1
Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (Manuel 1)
  • Discussed the two natures with Demetrios 17003, disagreeing with his condemnation of German doctrines; when Demetrios persisted in writing a book and presented it to him, he suggested he bury it, as dangerous, since his own opinion was firm (:) Kinnamos 251.19-252.15
  • Only Loukas 11 and six deacons supported him against Demetrios 17003, so he hesitated to hold a synod; he lobbied churchmen successfully in small groups, but they conspired to avoid him, speaking of anathema after his death (:) Kinnamos 252.22-254.1
  • He saw that the problem of the interpretation of Christ's words: "My father is greater than I" (John 14.28) was becoming a major issue, divisively discussed everywhere from the palace and church leaders to the common people, leading to various heresies (:) Sakkos (1166) 120.1-122.16
  • Learning from Euthymios 17001 that the clergy were conspiring to avoid him and planning to anathematise him, he was very angry, threatened Euthymios, but (studiously) did not use his position to retaliate or stifle freedom of speech (:) Kinnamos 254.9-255.15