When St. Nicholas Slapped a Heretic

When St. Nicholas Slapped a Heretic December 6, 2012

Possible footage from the Council of Nicaea

In 325, the Emperor Constantine convened the world’s Christian bishops to a conclave in Nicaea, where they debated the Arian controversy. The assembled bishops debated the ousiases of Jesus, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, etc. Well, one of the bishops, Nikolaos of Myra, got so pissed at Arius as he prattled on about how the Trinity was bunk, that he got up and slapped him!

As Arius vigorously continued, Nicholas became more and more agitated. Finally, he could no longer bear what he believed was essential being attacked. The outraged Nicholas got up, crossed the room, and slapped Arius across the face! The bishops were shocked. It was unbelievable that a bishop would lose control and be so hotheaded in such a solemn assembly. They brought Nicholas to Constantine. Constantine said even though it was illegal for anyone to strike another in his presence, in this case, the bishops themselves must determine the punishment.

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas. I know that in some parts of the world, people leave gifts in their children’s shoes. But I plan to celebrate the day by slapping a heretic.

Has anyone seen Doug?

HT: SKJ Today

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