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The Second Council of Constantinople

The possibility that Chalcedon had made a mistake in failing to explicitly condemn three men opposed to Cyril haunted the Church.  The Emperor Justinian, seeking to reunite a religiously fractured empire, sought to resolve the Three Chapters controversy first by edict and then by a new council.  Yet the most important part of the story was a showdown between pope and emperor which would have lasting consequences in the Church.  Join us as we talk about the Second Council of Constantinople in our continuing series on the early church.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 101

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Between Chalcedon and Constantinople

Chalcedon forged the Definition in the heat of controversy, but the debate over the natures of Christ it hoped to resolve went on.  Conflict between the Monophysites and the Chalcedonians, sometimes breaking out into actual violence, demanded some kind of solution.  With new wars, internal strife, and the final fall of the Western Empire, how would the Roman emperors try to resolve this major controversy in the Church?  Join us as we continue our series on the ecumenical councils, talking about the events between the fourth and fifth councils and what we can learn from them today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 97

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The Council of Ephesus

Theodosius II convoked the Third Ecumenical Council at Ephesus to settle a controversy between Nestorius of Constantinople and Cyril of Alexandria.  The debate began over the term theotokos, the Mother of God, but it soon became clear that nothing less than rightly understanding how Jesus is both God and man was at stake.  Yet, as the questionable politics and personal animosities of the council demonstrate, church history is not about triumph leading to triumph, but God preserving His Church and His truth even with fallible men.  Join us for a discussion of the history and theology of the Council of Ephesus.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 56

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The First Council of Constantinople


The first ecumenical council answered the challenges of Arianism, but failed to make it go away. With Arians gaining strength in every level of society, even with Arian emperors, how would the Church respond? Join us as we discuss the history of the second ecumenical council at Constantinople, the relationship between the church and the state, and why religious toleration isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 32

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