THINK THIS, NOT THAT #3: Is the Holy Spirit Really God? The Trinity, As Defined in Constantinople I

The first council of Constantinople was convened in 381 A.D. in—guess where?—Constantinople.  It was convened by Theodosius, with the goal of uniting the church upon the basis of the orthodox faith.  But travel was  difficult at that time, and despite Theodosius’ good intentions, the council was poorly attended—with no Western bishops or legates in attendance.  Only a few bishops from Egypt attended, and they arrived late.  In reality, then, the council was only a synod of bishops from Thrace, As … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #2: WAS JESUS CREATED? Answers from Nicaea

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Introduction—What are we doing here?   This is article #2 of a series of at least 22 articles which will appear over the next several months—but you should expect a couple of “inserts,” smaller posts which explain the early provincial councils, or a particularly thorny debate, in greater detail.  Those who can do without the minutiae covered in these addendae will still end with a good overview of the complex issues which were resolved and the heresies which were refuted by the early church fathe … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT: Wrestling for Truth—The Great Councils of the Church

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Okay, bear with me here.I have this idea that my readers are just sitting on the edge of their seats, wailing plaintively, “Oh, please!  Please! Tell me about the Councils of the Church!”Well, not really.I do think, though, that there’s a lot of pushing and pulling, prodding and plundering that goes on in the on-line world, as believers jostle to claim their First  Place “I Am Right” Badges.If you’re not one of those folks who cares about Being Right All The Time, In Every Convers … [Read more...]


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