On Tue, 16 Nov 1999, Thomas R. Wier wrote: > > When Islam first spread through the Near East, most of > the eastern provinces of the Byzantine Empire were under > the thrall of the Monophysite "heresy", the belief that the nature Actually, it may not even be that--many of these "Monophysites" weren't (and aren't) actually Monophysites. They and the Chalcedonians seem to have been cross-talking at each other over some very technical philosophical terms, and each side came to erroneous conclusions about the other's beliefs. Gee! And they shared a common language, too! How could THAT have happened?