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Their continuing influence can still be felt in the modern codifications of the Roman Catholic Church and elsewhere among Western Christians For the Orthodox East, however, their importance is even greater Constituting the core of the corpus canonum common to all the Orthodox Churches, these canons remain the primary point of reference for their institutional life Given the great importance of these canons of the ancient ecumenical councils, what precisely do they say and mean What was the intention of their authors, the fathers of those councils With the present work, His Eminence Archbishop Peter L Huillier has given the English speaking world authoritative answers to such questions After providing an historical overview of each of the four councils, he meticulously examines their canons one by one He translates them into clear and readable English on the basis of the best modern critical editions he explains the sometimes ambiguous terminology of the original texts he explorers the historical circumstances which gave rise to these canons in the first place and he also indicates some of the ways in which they have been reinterpreted and sometimes misinterpreted in later centuries The author does not claim to give answers to all the questions which we today might wish that the ancient canons addressed Rather, as a scholar, he seeks to engage others in the challenges which honest scholarship poses, to lead them into the world of the ancient councils in order to discover the mens legislatoris And at the same time, as a bishop, he seeks to discern the continuing significance of the ancient canons for the life of the Church today The result is a critical study which will long remain an essential reference work for historians and churchmen alike....

Title : The Church of the Ancient Councils: The Disciplinary Work of the First Four Ecumenical Councils
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ISBN : 0881410071
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : St Vladimirs Seminary Pr Unknown edition March 5, 2000
Number of Pages : 352 pages
File Size : 886 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Church of the Ancient Councils: The Disciplinary Work of the First Four Ecumenical Councils Reviews

  • Fr. Toufic
    2018-09-21 23:37

    For anyone who wants to read about the early church, this is a great book.