A History of the Councils of the Church

A History of the Councils of the Church

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... again declared their firm adhesion to the Nicene faith, and demanded permission to return to their dioceses.' It was probably also at this time that an event took place, a full explanation of which is now no longer possible. Athana-sius, in his work De Synodisf relates that, "at the recommen-dation of the Arians, Constantius had caused the Sirmian formula, with the chronological date in the heading, to be with-drawn, and all the copies issued to be recalled by the notary Martinian." That which Athanasius here cites" serves to explain this, namely, that it was entirely contrary to custom, and ridiculous, to furnish a confession of faith which should ex-press the eternal and abiding faith now and from the very first held in the Church, with a chronological date, which can only mean that from such a day such and such is the Christian faith. This was in the genuine heretical fashion. It was just as presumptuous, while denying to the Son of God the predicate of eternity, to call the Emperor in the heading eternal.' When the Emperor found that the heading just mentioned was so ill received by the orthodox, he, probably at this time, ordered the withdrawal of the formula in question, in order to replace it by a similar one without the chronological date, and with a few slight alterations; and it was then accepted at Seleucia, and at last forced even upon Rimini. Socrates, differing from this, says" that it was the second Sirmian formula, the suppression of which the Emperor had commanded; but the testimony of Athanasius is far more weighty; besides which, the second Sirmian formula was so widely circulated (as we have seen above, it was accepted in the East, at Antioch; rejected at Ancyra, and also in the West...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 10.16mm | 344.73g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690964X
  • 9781236909640