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Eddie Alkemade
"The Bishop of Constantinople shall have the prerogatives of honor after the Bishop of Rome, because Constantinople is New Rome" (Canon 3).
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 308-309 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:50:07 AM
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The work of Nicaea was taken up by the second Ecumenical Council, held at Constantinople in 381. This Council expanded and adapted the Nicene Creed, developing in particular the teaching upon the Holy Spirit, whom it affirmed to be God even as the Father and Son are God: "who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and together glorified."
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 304-307 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:49:34 AM
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The main work of the Council of Nicaea in 325 was the condemnation of Arianism. Arius, a priest in Alexandria, maintained that the Son was inferior to the Father, and, in drawing a dividing line between God and creation, he placed the Son among created things: a superior creature, it is true, but a creature none the less. His motive, no doubt, was to protect the uniqueness and the transcendence of God, but the effect of his teaching, in making Christ less than God, was to render man?s deification impossible. Only if Christ is truly God, the Council answered, can He unite us to God, for none but God Himself can open to man the way of union. Christ is "one in essence" (homoousios) with the Father. He is no demigod or superior creature, but God in the same sense that the Father is God: "true God from true God," the Council proclaimed in the Creed which it drew up, "begotten not made, one in essence with the Father."
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 292-300 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:47:42 AM
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The seventh Council, in defense of the Holy Icons, seems at first to stand somewhat apart, but like the first six it was ultimately concerned with the Incarnation and with man?s salvation.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 290-292 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:47:03 AM
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Either Christ was made less than God (Arianism); or His manhood was so divided from His Godhead that He became two persons instead of one (Nestorianism); or He was not presented as truly man (Monophysitism, Monothelitism). Each Council defended this affirmation.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 286-288 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:46:30 AM
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A bridge is formed between God and man by the Incarnate Christ who is both. "Hereafter you shall see heaven open," Our Lord promised, "and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man" (John 1:51). Not only angels use that ladder, but the human race.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 282-285 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:45:34 AM
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Now if this "being made god," this theosis, is to be possible, Christ the Saviour must be both fully man and fully God.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 279-281 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:45:05 AM
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The Greek Fathers took these and similar texts in their literal sense, and dared to speak of man?s "deification" (in Greek, theosis). If man is to share in God?s glory, they argued, he is to be "perfectly one" with God, this means in effect that man must be "deified": he is called to become by grace what God is by nature. Accordingly Saint Athanasius summed up the purpose of the Incarnation by saying: "God became man that we might be made god" (On
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 274-278 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:44:23 AM
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God has therefore taken the initiative: He became man, was crucified, and rose from the dead, thereby delivering humanity from the bondage of sin and death. This is the central message of the Christian faith, and it is this message of redemption that the Councils were concerned to safeguard.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 265-267 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:43:00 AM
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First, they clarified and articulated the visible organization of the Church, crystallizing the position of the five great sees or Patriarchates, as they came to be known. Secondly, and more important, the Councils defined once and for all the Church?s teaching upon the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith ? the Trinity and the Incarnation. All Christians agree in regarding these things as "mysteries" which lie beyond human understanding and language. The bishops, when they drew up definitions at the Councils, did not imagine that they had explained the mystery; they merely sought to exclude certain false ways of speaking and thinking about it. To prevent men from deviating into error and heresy, they drew a fence around the mystery; that was all.
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The three events ? the Edict of Milan, the foundation of Constantinople, and the Council of Nicaea ? mark the Church?s coming of age.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 252-253 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:41:08 AM
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Secondly, Constantine summoned the first General or Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church at Nicaea in 325. If the Roman Empire was to be a Christian Empire, then Constantine wished to see it firmly based upon the one orthodox faith.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 240-242 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:39:48 AM
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In the New Rome things were to be different: after the solemn inauguration of the city in 330, he laid down that at Constantinople no pagan rites should ever be performed. Constantine?s new capital has exercised a decisive influence upon the development of Orthodox history.
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First, in 324 he decided to move the capital of the Roman Empire eastward from Italy to the shores of the Bosphorus.
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Theodosius, within fifty years of Constantine?s death, had carried this policy through to its conclusion: by his legislation he made Christianity not merely the most highly favored but the only recognized religion of the Empire.
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The first great effect of Constantine?s vision was the so-called "Edict" of Milan, which he and his fellow Emperor Licinius issued in 313, proclaiming the official toleration of the Christian faith.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 228-229 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:37:43 AM
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In 312 an event occurred which utterly transformed the outward situation of the Church.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 215-216 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:34:48 AM
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but when gathered in council, the members of the Church can together claim an authority which individually none of them possesses.
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 204-205 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:33:21 AM
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a true council no single member arbitrarily imposes his will upon the rest, but each consults with the others, and in this way they all freely achieve a "common mind." A council is a living embodiment of the essential nature of the Church. The first council
Orthodox Church - Eddie Alkemade - Your Highlight Location 197-200 | Added on Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:32:04 AM
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Orthodoxy has always attached great importance to the place of councils in the life of the Church.
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