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Canon Law and Episcopal Authority: The Canons of Antioch and Serdica

Christopher W. B. Stephens


This book focuses on canon law as the starting point for a new interpretation of divisions between East and West in the Church after the death of Constantine the Great. It challenges the common assumption that bishops split between ‘Nicenes’ and ‘non-Nicenes’, ‘Arians’ or ‘Eusebians’ and instead argues that questions of doctrine took second place to disputes about the status of individual bishops and broader issues of the role of ecclesiastical councils, the nature of episcopal authority, and in particular the supremacy of the bishop of Rome. Canon law allows the book to offer a fresh understa ... More

Keywords: canon law, Constantine (the Great), Nicaea, Arianism, Eusebian/Eusebians, Antioch, Dedication Council, Serdica, Rome, pope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher W. B. Stephens, author
Head of Southlands College and Director of the Susanna Wesley Foundation, University of Roehampton