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Zanchi on the Trinity (6)

Moving on… Text and Translation VI. Confirmatio superioris sententiae. Unde etiam intelligimus, qui fiat, quod, cum Filius non minus sit omnipotens quam Pater et ita etiam Spiritus sanctus non tamen dicamus eos esse tres omnipotentes, sed unum tantum omnipotentem, cum Athanasio totaque ecclesia confiteamur, quia nimirum una tantum est omnium eademque οὐσία. Cum itaque nulla res creata unam […]

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Antony on the Christian Prince

It is well known (though not as well known–or at least accounted for–as it should be, especially in some conservative Protestant circles) that Augustine had high praise for the Christian emperors Constantine and Theodosius at the end of Book 5 of City of God, which indicates that “political Augustinianism”–whatever that is–does not imply or logically lead […]

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“These Are the Fountains of Salvation”

(This post can be read together as part of a sort of series with others such as this, this, this, this, this, and this.) The 39th Festal Letter of Athanasius, written for 367, is, together with items such as the Muratorian fragment, one of the most famous documents in the discussion of the history of […]

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The Insufficiency of “Creedal Hermeneutics”

A little over a year ago, I pointed out a summary of Thomas Buchan’s lecture on Nicaea at the Ancient Evangelical Future Conference. A reader has just written in to direct me to the audio of that conference which is available here. I’ve only listened to Dr. Buchan’s presentation, a response actually, and it is […]

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Thomas Buchan on Nicea

Peter Leithart has a summary of Thomas Buchan’s recent conference presentation on the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed. In it, Fr. Buchan makes many sound historical points which support our own reading of the early church and the Council of Nicea. Dr. Leithart summarizes: For starters, he pointed out that the Nicene Creed […]

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The Defeat of Orthodoxy? An Examination of the Rise of Homoean Theology and the Council of Constantinople in AD 360

My post entitled “The Myth of the Ecumenical Early Church” was actually taken from a paraphrase of a paper I wrote while in seminary in 2007. As a part of the assignment, my paper had to present a “problem” in church history and leave the resolution open-ended. This was not intended to question the resolution […]

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The Myth of the Ecumenical Early Church

One of the most enduring misconceptions of the pre-Nicene and Nicene church (what sometimes goes by the nomenclature “the early church”) is that it was more or less united, both doctrinally and politically. One can see this assumption at work in the use of the definitive article as well as the title of “ecumenical councils.” […]