'''Aphthartodocetism''' (Greek aphthartos,
“incorruptible”) is a [[heresy]] of the sixth century that added an extreme position to the heresy of [[Monophysitism]] , claiming that the body of [[Christ]] was divine, and therefore incorruptible, imperishable, and free to will his sufferings and death voluntarily as he did.
The doctrine of aphthartodocetism was originated by the Monophysite [[Bishop]] [[Julian of Halicarnassus]], present day Bodrum in Turkey. The Monophysite [[patriarch]] of Antioch [[Severus of Antioch |Severus]] to be strongly challenged Julian on the ground that the doctrine of salvation was meaningless unless Christ’s body was truly human. Their two parties emerged into a [[schism]] that lasted until the following, seventh, century.
Concerning the often asserted claim that the emperor [[Justinian]] supported aphthartodocetism, it is noted that Justinian's supposed decree imposing aphthartodocetism is not preserved. The only source concerning such a decree contemporary to the time is the testimony of the historian Evagrius. Fr. Asterios Gerostergios notes in his book ''Justinian the Great: The Emperor and Saint'' that other parties involved at the time the decree was alleged to have been issued make no mention of the act.