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It was power politics. Those who had the most power got to determine the theology of the fledgling Church. However, I did not know a lot of the historical details that support that conclusion. Civil discourse was not a part of the story. The focus of the book is on the Arian controversy, which spanned the better part of two centuries.
This was a controversy about the nature of Jesus Christ. Was he God or was he a spiritually astute human anointed by God but neither one with God nor an equal.
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The early Church bishops were fairly evenly divided on the question. Arian, from whom the controversy got its name, was a priest in Alexandria, Egypt. As a mere priest, he had little power, but he was an able exponent of the view that Jesus was subordinate to the Father but was not of the same substance with him.
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Supporting him in this theology were many of the Eastern bishops, i. The Western bishops, those situated to the west of Constantinople, were for the most part supporters of the theology that Jesus and God the Father were essentially of the same substance. What God did for the Son by resurrecting him and granting him immortality He could do for us as well, provided that we became new people in Christ. Richard Rubenstein presents a vibrant portrait of the thriving Roman Empire in the centuries after the birth of Jesus Christ, as he brings to life the ideas of the most influential leaders and shows us a major religion at the crossroads of its faith.
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