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Author MacMullen, Ramsay, 1928-

Title Voting about God in early church councils / Ramsay MacMullen.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 170 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-166) and index.
Contents Introduction -- The democratic element -- The cognitive element -- The 'supernaturalist' element -- The violent element -- Preliminaries -- Councils in action -- The stage -- Dioscorus -- Management -- Exact words.
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.
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Subject Councils and synods.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
God (Christianity) -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Chronological Term 30 - 600
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: MacMullen, Ramsay, 1928- Voting about God in early church councils. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006 0300115962 9780300115963 (DLC) 2005034666 (OCoLC)62525077
ISBN 9780300135299 (electronic bk.)
0300135297 (electronic bk.)