Month: June 2017

Creeds – Part 11 file | Play in new windowWe’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 the Nicaean Creed. Each claimed it was merely an extension of the ground-breaking work of that first august Council convened by the Emperor Constantine I. It seems fitting then that the last of the 7 Ecumenical Councils should come back to Nicaea 450...

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Creeds – Part 10 file | Play in new windowLet’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. And it all comes back to the debate fired up between Cyril & Nestorius over how to understand the natures and person of Christ. “Wait!” you say. “Didn’t the last Council at Chalcedon clear all that up?” We thought so. But large groups...

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Creeds – Part 09 file | Play in new windowIn 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, but two persons, Cyril’s Christology put such heavy emphasis on Jesus’ deity, his Christology leaned toward monophysitism; that is, casting Jesus as having a single nature. Now, to be clear, Cyril did not advocate monophysitism; that is, that Jesus had only one nature....

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