First Council of Nicaea

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  • Early Church History Research Paper

    were addressed based on the Christological view and deity of Christ. The early western church fathers played a significant role in this era. The bishops of the church would meet together to discuss and debate their views and attempt to resolve the issues involving church doctrine. The texts of “Reading in Christian Thought” by Hugh Kerr, “Pocket History of the Church” by D. Jeffrey Bingham and “A Concise History of Christian Thought” by Tony Lane, all cover the history of Christian studies. Out of the first seven Ecumenical Councils there are three councils mentioned in this essay which include, the First Council of Nicaea (325), First Council of Constantinople (381), and the Council of Chalcedon (451). Overall these early ecumenical councils have changed the outlook of Christian beliefs, actions and practices within the Christian world. During the times of early church history, the controversies over the deity of Christ were debated over the years. The First Council of Nicaea (325) claimed that Jesus is God and is equal to the Father. Arianism denied the full deity of Christ where Arius point of debate states that “the Son has a beginning, but without…

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  • Eastern And Western Monasticism

    distinguishing whether Jesus was truly God and whether he had both a human or divine nature. The recurring issue would, later be identified as the Trinity. The controversy concerning the Trinity was first referenced in 325A.D., at the first ecumenical council of Nicaea. The council of Nicaea set out to assemble a universal Christian doctrine, which resulted in the Nicene Creed [cite]. Both the Greek (Eastern) and the Latin (Western) church expressed the Nicene Creed, agreeing on commonalities…

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  • Constantine The Great Influence

    The growing Christian faith staggered under infighting. As the Orthodox Church gained power after the First Council, they declared Arianism as heretical and not recognized by the church. Constantine the Great was baptized by an outspoken Arian who refused to recognize the Orthodox Church. There are no written records to attest if Constantine was baptized in accordance with Orthodox requirements by the Arian priest. To have the first Roman Emperor baptized as an Arian Christian would be…

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  • Apollinaris Relation To God

    The development of Christology in the patristic period of Christianity was formed out of two main arguments, the logos’ relation with God and the logos’ relation with the human Jesus. It was of agreement that Jesus the Christ was on earth and that he was the logos, i.e. “Word of God” or “Son of God”. Two orators in particular drew the proverbial line in the sand between homoousios and homoiousios, of the same and of similar substance as the Father. This division was later coined the Arian…

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  • The Apostles Creed Analysis

    The most famous being the Arian controversy. In 318, Arius, a presbyter in charge of a local Church in Alexandria formulated a theory that challenged the views of his Bishop, Alexander of Alexandria and the ‘orthodox’ Christology (Hanson, 1998, pp3). Arius began teaching that Jesus is not one of the essential Godheads. Arius furthered this by teaching; Jesus is nothing more than a mere creation of the Father, a creation which is not in any position to save humanity (Wiles, 1996, pp5-8). Although…

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  • The Arian Heresy

    The first great heresy for the Christian religion is considered to be the Arian heresy-- with the name deriving from its most influential preacher, a parish priest named Arius from Antioch. The Arian heresy arose, in the year 318, from the fact that it was difficult to explain the difference between “the One and the Many, between the ultimate unity that lay behind the visible universe and the incapable variety that exists in the world as we know it”. Arius resolved this problem by preaching…

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  • Schism In Christianity

    The move into the Christian-Roman period, or the early Medieval/Dark Ages marked an important point in Catholic Christianity’s history, and allowed controversies over the teaching and practice of religious doctrines throughout Christianity to present themselves. Leaders within the churches convened in order to form unanimous and unwavering principles as answers to the essential questions of teaching orthodox faith. These debates would be called Ecumenical Councils, settling disputes regarding…

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  • Summary: The Effects Of The Third Ecumenical Council

    The Effects of the Third Ecumenical Council on the Representation of Marian Doctrine in the Fifth-Century Church According to Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2014), an ecumenical council was “assembly convened to deliberate and decide on ecclesiastical doctrine and on other matters affecting the interests of the Christian church.” In the Early church, ecumenical councils were called to discuss and expound upon the doctrine being formed within the church. They centered around heresy and…

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  • Edict Of Milan Analysis

    Emperor Constantine was first appointed in 305, he battled against many other Emperors in a fight to gain land and power. One of these battles, the battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312, ultimately changed his views of Christianity. Right before this battle, Constantine had a vision where he saw, “a cross superimposed on a noon sun and inscribed with the words, ‘By this conquer’.” After…

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  • Why Was Arianism So Important

    3:31], the bishops [of Nicaea], not having invented their phrases for themselves, but having testimony from their fathers, wrote as they did. For ancient bishops, of the great Rome and our city [i.e., Alexandria, Egypt, where Athanasius was bishop], some 130 years ago, wrote and censured those who said that the Son was a creature and not consubstantial with the Father.” -St Athanasius of Alexandria. The heresy was responsible for the Greatest doctrinal crisis that the Church would have to deal…

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