Athanasius / Creeds / Marcellus of Ancyra

When did the split between East and West really happen?

Allan “I’ll be a Duke fan regardless of how awful they are until the day I die” Bevere points out another blogger’s post regarding the theological showdown in the Fourth Century. I’m just going to meme this and say it happened not just in the Fourth Century, but in 343 in the city of Sophia, Bulgaria, formerly known as Serdica. This council was called to remedy the continued war between those who were supporting a more reconciling station with Arius (the East) and those who sought to maintain the Apostolic tradition as handed down by the only begotten, but

Creeds / Marcellus of Ancyra

Marcellus of Ancyra wins in the Apostle’s Creed

If you remember, from a long time ago… I have a deep admiration for Marcellus of Ancrya. He was a fighter for Western Christology, something later corrupted, as everything usually is, by the East. Plus, he believed in a type of universal reconciliation, but then again, in those days, who didn’t, right? In his defense of the proper terminology in defining the relationship between the Father and the Son, and oddly enough, he insisted only on Scriptural terminology. Anyway… as I was praying with the Apostle’s Creed this morning, I prayed the United Methodist version, but honestly, it was

Books / Marcellus of Ancyra

God Wins Chapter 2 – Still no questions, because God is Transcendent

In truth, I almost entitled this post ‘Mark Galli is not a Theologian, Good, Bad, or Otherwise’ but I am trying not to appear to attack Galli personally. I want to focus just on his message, but in equal truth, his theology is part Reformed, at least in quotations, and part ineptness. First, he opens the chapter up with the scene in Pilate’s hall, on the even of the Crucifixion, with Pilate asking Jesus Christ questions – which Jesus answered. In doing this, Galli tries to offer commentary, but the commentary is often of a less than academic variety

Fourth Century / Marcellus of Ancyra / Theology / etc.

An Exposition of Faith: A New English Translation (Chapter 2 Begins)

I am starting the translation of chapter 2 for the Marcellian document, Exposition of Faith, and I am running into some problems – as to be expected from a novice. Any help would be appreciated. 2.1 Πιστεύομεν ὁμοίως εἰς τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον, τὸ πάντα ἐρευνῶν “καὶ τὰ βάθη τοῦ θεοῦ,” ἀναθεματίζοντες τὰ παρὰ τοῦτο φρονοῦντα δόγματα. 2.2 οὔτε γὰρ υἱοπάτορα φρονοῦμεν ὡς οἱ Σαβέλλιοι λέγοντες μονοούσιον καὶ οὐχ ὁμοούσιον καὶ ἐν τούτῳ ἀναιροῦντες τὸ εἶναι υἱόν. 2.3 οὔτε τὸ παθητὸν σῶμα ὃ ἐφόρεσε διὰ τὴν τοῦ παντὸς κόσμου σωτηρίαν, ἀνατίθεμεν τῷ πατρί. 2.1 Credimus similiter in Spiritum sanctum,

Athanasius / Church History / Creeds / etc.

Creed of the Council of Sardica – One Hypostasis or Three?

As many of you know, I have recently taken an interest in the study of 4th Century Christianity. In looking at the final development of the Trinity, the Council of Sardica had to be denied as valid by Athanasius: And prohibit even the reading or publication of the paper, much talked of by some, as having been drawn up concerning the Faith at the synod of Sardica. For the synod made no definition of the kind. For whereas some demanded, on the ground that the Nicene synod was defective, the drafting of a creed, and in their haste even

Athanasius / Marcellus of Ancyra

An Exposition of Faith: A New English Translation (Chapter 1 complete)

I have recently started to study 4th century Christianity in detail, primarily from the view point of Marcellus of Ancyra. In doing so, I have found that many of this works were attributed to others, especially Athanasius which betrays the clear connection between the Alexandrian Bishop and the arch-nemesis  of the Eastern dyohypostatics and the man credited with single handedly creating the first schism between East and West. In the late 360’s, an active communion still existed between Athanasius and Marcellus which helped to shield Marcellus from the full brunt of Basil’s attacks against him. A deacon under Marcellus,

Church History / Marcellus of Ancyra

New Page: 4th Century Christianity

I have recently become interested in fourth century of Christianity, and will now devote a page to it. I have come to enjoy the interaction between Athanasius and my dear friend, Marcellus of Ancrya as well as the Eusebians, and the many councils associated with the final product of what would become the Trinitarian Doctrine. I will focus on Marcellus of Ancrya as my primary target and allow for all the other people, places, and events to serve as a back drop as we explore his story and the events leading to the re-understanding of Tertullian’s formula, the interaction