Dr. William Hasker on the "Arian" Controversy

Was the Council of Nicea (325) a defense and re-affirmation of core catholic theology? And did the Council of Constantinople (381) merely re-affirm Nicea, and slightly clean up its language and the details of its theology?In this episode, analytic theologian Dr. William Hasker gives his perspective on these fourth century events, reading from his Metaphysics and the Tripersonal God. He contrasts a traditional understanding of these events with a clearer view based on careful historical investigation, such as that in Dr. Lewis Ayres’ Nicea and Its Legacy. And following Ayres, he discusses what “Pro-Nicene” theology is, as exemplified by “the Cappadocian Fathers.”

After Hasker’s discussion, Prof. Dale Tuggy shares a few thoughts on authority and tradition, sketching for your consideration a “thought experiment” about an imagined future ecumenical council, one which would give a new meaning to paintings like this one.

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Keywords: First Council of Nicaea, Nicene Creed, Nicean Creed, Creed, Church Creeds, Nicaea, Council of Nicaea, 325 AD, Homoousios, homoiousios, Homoiousian, Athanasius, Arius, Arian, Arian heresy, Arian controversy, Arianism, Athanasian, Athanasian Creed, Constantine, Constantine the Great, Trinity, Deity of Jesus, Divinity of Jesus, divinity of christ, triune, trinitarian, trinitarianism

Bible reference(s): Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 16:13, Matthew 16:16, Mark 8:27, Mark 8:29, Mark 12:29, Mark 12:32, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 17:22, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Timothy 2:5

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