Voting about God in Early Church Councils

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Yale University Press, 2006 - History - 170 pages
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In this study, Ramsay MacMullen steps aside from the well-worn path that previous scholars have trod to explore exactly how early Christian doctrines became official. Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A.D. 325 to 553, in which participants gave authority to doctrinal choices by majority vote.

The author investigates the sometimes astonishing bloodshed and violence that marked the background to church council proceedings, and from there goes on to describe the planning and staging of councils, the emperors' role, the routines of debate, the participantsí understanding of the issues, and their views on Godís intervention in their activities. He concludes with a look at the significance of the councils and their doctrinal decisions within the history of Christendom.†

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I had high expectations for this book. The topic is fascinating. I'd enjoyed a number of MacMullen's other books. I shelled out full price for the hardback and eagerly awaited its arrival. But I have ... Read full review

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What would it have been like to have been an average Christian bishop going to one of the church councils in the centuries after Jesus? Usually when these councils are studied, the focus is on the big ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Ramsay MacMullen is emeritus professor in the Department of History at Yale University and lives in New Haven, CT. Among his many previous books are Christianizing the Roman Empire, Corruption and the Decline of Rome, and Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries, all published by Yale University Press.

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