Schism at Antioch: The Council of Constantinople (381)

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Schism at Antioch: The Council of Constantinople (381)

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Discusses how schism in the church at Antioch throughout the fourth century impinged on the question of superiority among the eastern sees and on Theodosius I's council held at Constantinople in 381. Under Theodosius (379–95), the Nicene version of the nature of Christ and the Trinity became the required standard of orthodox faith in the Greek churches. The canons of the council of Constantinople produced a modified version of the Nicene Creed and affirmed the status of Constantinople as second only to Rome and therefore superior to Alexandria and Antioch. Its conclusions were rejected by western theologians and Pope Damasus as demeaning to Roman authority.

Keywords: Alexandria; Antioch; Constantinople; Council of; Rome; Theodosius I

Chapter.  8304 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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