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