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Communion Sanctorum – The History of the Christian Church is a short-format podcast on the history of the Christian church from the 1st Century to the present. They release weekly. It began out of my desire to find a Church History podcast similar to Mike Duncan’s excellent The History of Rome, […]

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We’ve worked our way through 6 of what are known as the 7 Ecumenical Councils of Church History. We’ve examined the Councils and the Creeds they produced. Although, after the First Council in 325 at Nicaea, each subsequent Council claimed that all it was doing was refining the verbiage of […]

Creeds – Part 11


Let’s get ready to rumble! Well–It’s not exactly a rumble we’re in for in this episode, so much as a tumble into the rabbit hole of theological wrangling that took place after the Council of Chalcedon that led to the 2nd & 3rd Councils at Constantinople in 553 & 680. […]

Creeds – Part 10


In 431, the Council of Ephesus dismissed Nestorius’ explanation of the dual nature of Christ in favor of Cyril’s. But that Council was swayed more by circumstance and politics than by sound theology. While Nestorius’ Christology was mis-represented by his critics to be proposing, not just two natures to Jesus, […]

Creeds – Part 9



Since I’ve been out of country the past two weeks, there won’t be a new episode today. Please don’t hate me.

No Episode today


In the last couple episodes we’ve set the scene for the Council of Ephesus in 431. Last time we did biographies of the two main players at the Council, Nestorius and Cyril. We ended with a brief review of their different Christologies; that is, how they viewed the dual nature […]

Creeds – Part 8


In the last episode, we introduced the political situation framing the debate that ensued between two church leaders at the Council of Ephesus in 431. Those two leaders were Nestorius, Patriarch of the Capital Church at Constantinople and Cyril, arch-bishop at Alexandria. Let’s get in to the background on these […]

Creeds – Part 7



Buckle up for this episode, because it’s a rocky ride. We’ve come to the Third Ecumenical Church Council. And for those of you who remember this one from Season 1, you know where in for troubled times. We’re looking at the Council of Ephesus in 431 and the battle between […]

Creeds – Part 6


This is part 5 of our series on the Creeds in which we’ll be taking a look at the First Council of Constantinople. In Part 3 we looked at the First Council of Nicaea in 325. While the Church had a lot to deal with in the decades that followed, […]

Creeds – Part 5


This is part 4 of our series on the Creeds. Because most of the creeds were the product of a Council of one kind or another, when dealing with the creeds, we have to talk about the Council. The Creed we’re looking at in this episode, the Athanasian Creed, wasn’t […]

Creeds – Part 4



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With two introductory episodes on the Creeds under our belt, sash, or whatever else you use to hold up your pants, let’s move now to the Council & Creed of Nicaea. What’s referred to as the Nicene Creed is the product of not one, but two councils held about 60 […]

Creeds – Part 3