Maximus the Confessor was a Christian monk, theologian, and scholar.
In his early life, he was a civil servant, and an aide to the
Byzantine Emperor Heraclius. However, he gave up this life in the
political sphere to enter into the monastic life. After moving to
Carthage, Maximus studied several Neo-Platonist writers and became a
prominent author. When one of his friends began espousing the
Christological position known as Monothelitism, Maximus was drawn into
the controversy, in which he supported the Chalcedonian position that
Jesus had both a human and a divine will. Maximus is venerated in both
Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity. His positions
eventually resulted in exile, soon after which he died. However, his
theology was vindicated by the Third Council of Constantinople and he
was venerated as a saint soon after his death. His feast day is 13
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Led by the Duke of Marlborough, the combined forces of England, the
Holy Roman Empire, and the United Provinces defeated France and
Bavaria in the Battle of Blenheim, one of the turning points of the
War of the Spanish Succession.
Construction of the Berlin Wall, a long barrier separating West
Berlin from East Berlin and the surrounding territory of East Germany,
Black Friday: The Maldivian National Security Service cracked down
on a peaceful protest in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, causing
Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to declare a state of
emergency in Malé and nearby islands.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
implicit: Implied indirectly, without being directly expressed.
Wikiquote of the day:
The Supreme Ethical Rule: Act so as to elicit the best in others and
thereby in thy self. -- Felix Adler