Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Truth about the Council of Nicaea

According to pop culture accounts, the Council of Nicaea (325 AD) made up a new version of Christianity that includes the divinity of Jesus and the doctrine of the Trinity. And the Council also gave orthodox bishops absolute political power to stamp out rival, more tolerant followers of Jesus. The subtext, of course, is that orthodox Christianity is bad if not evil. And its core doctrine is false because it was the byproduct of efforts to consolidate political power and control.

According to the following video, this view of the Council of Nicaea is "a complete fairy tale" grounded in a lack of historical evidence. The video is a good antidote to some of the anti-Christian, "let's make up our own religion" hype out there, so watch it all:

 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent video and explanation of the Council and various impacts on Christianity. If you could provide reference texts on your research for download, it would be greatly appreciated. This is definitely worthy of further study.

Bryan Owen said...

Greetings, Anonymous. Thank you for your comment, but please note my request: "If you choose to comment anonymously, please provide a pen name for the sake of disambiguation."

I note that the person who put this video together used the following sources:

* History of the Christian Church (Eerdmans, 1985) [I'm not sure which author]

* William A. Jurgens, Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 1 (Liturgical Press, 1998)

* Richard A. Norris, Jr., The Christological Controversy (Fortress Press, 1980)

* Eusebius, The Church History

* St. Jerome, Dialogus Adversus Luciferianos

Logan said...

Excellent! I've never quite bought the argument that the Council of Nicea was simply the Holy Spirit at work without any political intrigue, but nonetheless the creed that was produced was and is a remarkable summary of Christian theology-it is far from some half-***ed political compromise. God can work through the messiest of human activities!

Now can they do a video about the tired line that the resurrection is a copy of the Osiris myth? I think it was John Polkinghorne who pointed out the fact that this claim was made about an actual human history should be enough to differentiate the two, but yet it never is...