MacMullen, Ramsay. (©2006) Voting about God in early church councilsNew Haven : Yale University Press,MLA Citation
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Voting about God in early church councils [electronic resource] /
|Main Author:||MacMullen, Ramsay|
|Published:||New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.|
ebrary Academic religion & philosophy
Academic complete, religion & philosophy
|Topics:||Councils and synods. | Church history - Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. | God (Christianity) - History of doctrines - Early church, ca. 30-600. | RELIGION - Christian Theology - Ecclesiology. | HISTORY - General. | Algemene concilies. | Bisschoppen. | Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. | Councils and synods. | God (Christianity) -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.|
|Genres:||Electronic books. | Electronic books.|
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|Main Author:||MacMullen, Ramsay, 1928-|
|Physical Description:||1 online resource (ix, 170 pages) : illustrations, maps
|Includes:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-166) and index.
|ISBN:||9780300135299 (electronic bk.)
0300135297 (electronic bk.)
|Summary:||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.