Doctrine and Power: Theological Controversy and Christian by Carlos R. Galvao-Sobrinho

By Carlos R. Galvao-Sobrinho

through the fourth century A.D., theological controversy divided Christian groups during the japanese half the Roman Empire. not just used to be the reality approximately God at stake, but in addition the authority of church leaders, whose legitimacy trusted their claims to symbolize that fact. during this booklet, Galvao-Sobrinho argues that out of those disputes used to be born a brand new type of church management, one during which the facility of the episcopal place of work was once enormously elevated. the writer indicates how those disputes pressured church leaders time and again to claim their orthodoxy and legitimacy—tasks that required them to mobilize their congregations and interact in motion that always projected their strength within the public enviornment. those advancements have been principally the paintings of prelates of the 1st 1/2 the fourth century, however the sort of command they inaugurated grew to become the foundation for a dynamic version of ecclesiastical management chanced on all through past due antiquity.

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He cannot baptize . . ”71 So also the bishop of tiny Rusicada: “A man who is a heretic . . 73 And so it was for Heracleides and Paul of Samosata. 74 Episcopal authority, then, as it expanded in the third century, was intertwined with orthodoxy—a relation that helps explain why theological disagreement remained a source of tension and conflict in church communities. When controversy arose, not simply theological concepts were at stake, but also always prelates’ control of the Spirit and the legitimacy of their claims to leadership.

Piety was thought to lie in the simple and well-born speech. This present madness began with Arius. gregory nazianzenus, or. 2 By the time Constantine set foot in Asia, every attempt to settle the dispute had failed, unity had been broken, and the church stood on the verge of a schism. 3 Most Christians agreed that there was only one God, who was at once Father and Son, but there had always been much debate about how to conceive and represent the relationship between them. How were Christians to believe that Father and Son were one and two at the same time?

18 The predicament of Dionysius of Alexandria shows how a prelate could find himself in hot water for having condemned a peer and expressing his opinions on controversial issues. The Libyans not only rebuffed Dionysius’s teachings but also questioned their orthodoxy, and, thus, Dionysius’ qualifications to serve as bishop. 20 Cyprian insisted that any solution for the lapsi be arrived at through discussion and collective deliberation: “An assembly for counsel being gathered together . . with bishops, presbyters, deacons, and confessors, as well as with the laity, .

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