Don’t know much about Church Councils?

So. Church Councils. Would you like to learn a bit about them? Here’s a great opportunity. This guy will help:

Pastor Heath Curtis knows a thing or seven about Church Councils.

Pastor Curtis allowed me to reproduce some of his work on my blog in my last post. I don’t know about you, unless you’re Paul McCain, but I think he did a bang-up job. You’ll see some more of his work here.

But I digress.

The Lutheran talk radio show Issues, Etc. has Pastor Curtis on as a frequent guest commentator. Recently, he commentated about the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church. He gave his talk in eight sections — an introduction, and then one session per council. I’ve provided links to each of them below so that you can listen to them all from a central location. Very nice, eh?

I do hope that you take the time to listen to the whole series. It will be highly worth your time.

Update: I’m listening to the series over again and adding some notes.

1. First Council of Nicaea

  • First draft of the Nicene Creed promulgated contra Arius, a priest in Alexandria; Arius had contended that Jesus is not God, but is in fact a created being — however, Nicaea I leaves the door open for modalism
  • Sets the date of Easter
  • All the clergy in a bishopric should convene biannually
  • Discipline for certain sins discussed and mandated
  • Non-trinitarian baptisms are not licit
  • Alexandria, Antioch, and Rome have equal privileges; Bishop of Rome, like other bishops, has no control outside of his provincial domain.

2. First Council of Constantinople

  • Nicaea I has left some problems: it did not find a way to talk about the Biblical doctrine of God in a cogent way to all Christians in the Roman Empire, did not explain “oneness” and “threeness” sufficiently. By the first Nicene definition, we are all heretics.
  • Condemns Apollinarism

3. Council of Ephesus

4. Council of Chalcedon

5. Second Council of Constantinople

6. Third Council of Constantinople

7. Second Council of Nicaea



One Comment

  1. Thanks for getting all these in one spot. I often wish Issues would put their series like this.

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