Voting About God in Early Church Councils

Voting About God in Early Church Councils

by Ramsay MacMullen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300115962

ISBN-13: 9780300115963

Pub. Date: 10/10/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

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. Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A.D. 325 to 553, in which participants gave authority to doctrinal choices by majority vote.

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Overview

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. Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A.D. 325 to 553, in which participants gave authority to doctrinal choices by majority vote.

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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115963
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures....................vi
Preface....................vii
1 Introduction....................1
2 The democratic element....................12
3 The cognitive element....................24
4 The "supernaturalist" element....................41
5 The violent element....................56
6 Preliminaries....................67
7 Councils in action....................78
1. The stage....................78
2. Dioscorus....................84
3. Management....................95
4. Exact words....................105
Summary....................113
Notes....................119
Bibliography....................155
Index....................167

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