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7 Councils: The First Council of Nicaea - Tim Challies

The Christian leaders and communities to whom the apostles and prophets originally wrote knew which books were authentic written by a true apostle or prophet , true the information was reliable , and therefore authoritative the apostles had been given authority to lead the church, so their words were commands from God. Almost immediately these apostolic writings began to be copied and passed around to neighboring and distant churches. So for most of the books, there was little question about whether or not they were authoritative for the faith and practice of the churches.


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However, once they were able to research the origin and contents of the books, they reached a consensus of what was to be accepted as authoritative. The affirmation of our present New Testament canon at the Council of Carthage AD was not a vote on these books over competing documents but an acknowledgment of the writings that Christians all over the world had already accepted. Adapted from Charles R.

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Michael J. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Voting about God in Early Church Councils. Description In this study, Ramsay MacMullen steps aside from the well-worn path that previous scholars have trod to explore exactly how early Christian doctrines became official.

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Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A. Review quote "A wonderfully fresh look at the early Christian councils.

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Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A. The author investigates the sometimes astonishing bloodshed and violence that marked the background to church council proceedings, and from there goes on to describe the planning and staging of councils, the emperors' role, the routines of debate, the participants' understanding of the issues, and their views on God's intervention in their activities. He concludes with a look at the significance of the councils and their doctrinal decisions within the history of Christendom.

He shows how Christian doctrine came to be decided by the democratic votes of bishops, and how the passions that this aroused all too often led to actual violence.