The Seven Ecumenical Councils in Nutshells

1) Council of Nicaea (325): “Have you homoousiosed today?”

2) Council of Constantinople (381): “Second verse same as the First, but now with the Holy Spirit.”

3) Council of Ephesus (431): “Nononestorius.”

4) Council of Chalcedon (451): “When men were real men and God was one of them.”

5) Second Council of Constantinople (553): “Time to anathematize dead folk. Hell yes!”

6) Third Council of Constantinople (680-681): “I see gnomic people.”

7) Second Council of Nicaea (787): “Hey look! Pictures!”

(Fr Stephen Freeman and Fr Aidan Kimel)

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2 Responses to The Seven Ecumenical Councils in Nutshells

  1. Number 5 made me laugh and spill my coffee. “Screw you Origen! Off to Hell with ya!”

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  2. Andrew says:

    1) Council of Nicaea (325): The unbaptized Emperor and his Senate

    2) Council of Constantinople (381): The baptized Emperor and his Senate

    3) Council of Ephesus (431): The Pope of Egypt and his army of monks

    4) Council of Chalcedon (451): The Pope of Rome, now with more of the Apostle Peter

    5) Second Council of Constantinople (553): The Pope of Rome in prison, the baptized Emperor on his soapbox, or, the Byzantine Symphony

    6) Third Council of Constantinople (680-681): The “we could really use some of that Lateran Council of 649 over here in the Capital” council.

    7) Second Council of Nicaea (787): the Empress and her Icon

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