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A solid historical treatment of the seven Ecumenical Councils?


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#1 Evan

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 03:36 PM

Dear friends,

I'm at the point where I feel I can identify the principal issues and players involved in the seven Ecumenical Councils. However, I've been unsuccessful thus far in my search for a solid, sustained historical treatment of the Councils that's not patently skewed in a particular direction. Any recommendations?

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Evan

#2 Ryan

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 04:18 PM

I think the issues would be far too wide-ranging and complex to fit into a single work. It might be better to look for materials on a particular Council you're especially interested in.

#3 Fr Raphael Vereshack

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 04:25 PM

I've often turned to L D Davis' The First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325- 787) as a helpful reference to understand the fundamental issues and controversies involved.

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#4 Evan

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:10 PM

Father, your blessing:

A belated thank-you for the recommendation. I've received my spiritual father's go-ahead to make my way through Davis' volume, but I thought I'd ask you nonetheless whether there's anything to be particularly cautious about. My spiritual father isn't familiar with the work at all, and he left matters in my discretion. Still... thought I'd ask, since Davis treats of theology, not just the brute historical facts.

In Christ,
Evan

#5 Ben Johnson

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:50 AM

I read the book by L D Davis a few years ago and hope to read it again in 2011. It has a lot of good information in it, but just watch out for the religious background of the author.

#6 Donna Rail

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:33 AM

I'm almost finished reading that book. It's pretty thorough.




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