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The Idea of Nicaea in the Early Church Councils, AD 431-451

Mark S. Smith


This work examines the role that appeals to Nicaea (both the council and its creed) played in the major councils of the mid-fifth century. It argues that the conflict between rival construals of Nicaea represented a key dynamic driving—and unsettling—the conciliar activity of these decades. The fundamental dilemma was how to persuasively reaffirm inherited assumptions—that Nicaea possessed unique authority as a conciliar event, and sole sufficiency as a credal statement—in the context of a dispute over Christological doctrine that the resources of the Nicene Creed were seemingly inadequate to ... More

Keywords: Council of Nicaea, Nicene Creed, reception, Council of Ephesus (431), Constantinopolitan Home Synod (448), Council of Ephesus II (449), Council of Chalcedon (451), orthodoxy, conciliar acta

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198835271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Smith, author
Chaplain & Director of Studies in Theology, Christ's College, Cambridge