The Church of the Ancient Councils: The Disciplinary Work of the First Four Ecumenical Councils

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St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1996 - Religion - 340 pages
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The four great councils of Nicea (325 AD), Constantinople (381), Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451) set the parameters within which subsequent theological debate could take place on such issues as the Person of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. The written law laid down through the canons and disciplicary decrees defined the boundary between heresy and orthodoxy. Given the great importance of these canons of the ancient ecumenical councils, what precisely do they say and mean? What was the intention of their authors, the fathers of these councils? This work presents authoritative answers to questions such as these.

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An Eastern Orthodox canonical scholar offers a thorough, sober presentation and evaluation of the decisions of Ecumenical Councils I-IV. Most enlightening was his mention of the 4th Council and the papal decision to side with the monophysite heresy for 6 months following the official determinations of the Council. "It seems good to us and to the Holy Spirit" remains to this day the highest and surest final arbiter of doctrinal purity. Sadly, those who advocate for "papal infallibility" have built their edifices on sand. Alas poor Venice, we love thee well but unwisely. 

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