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The antagonism between the followers of Nicaea and the bishops who believed in the divinity of Jesus Christ, but did not accept the term “homoousios”, prevented for long time the creation of an anti-Arian party. The synod of Alexandria of 362, summoned by Athanasius of Alexandria, took a first...
The radical nature of the Lateran Synod of 649 – which anathematized three patriarchs from Constantinople, one from Alexandria, two imperial laws, and one bishop identified as the heresiarch – was unprecedented in the history of the church. Hence the Synod represents the high point of the...
Among the many problems the council of Constance (1414–1418) had to solve the ending of the scism and the reuniting of the church was the one of highest priority. Furthermore, the assembly had to discuss some conflicts and disputes which have been a threat to ecclesiastical peace and a burden to...
In 1989 I was invited to the conference that celebrated the 1400 anniversary of the Third Council of Toledo (589–1989). I spoke on the topic, “Linguarum diversitate: ‘Babel and Pentecost’ in Leander’s homily at the Third Council of Toledo” that was subsequently published in a volume of all the...
In fifth-century synods and councils, peace as a value linked to harmony is mentioned mainly in texts linked to the communication between the imperial administration and the bishops. The connection of peace and harmony is not foreign to Christian discourse, insofar as these values are usually...
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