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Standing ApartMormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy$
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Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.001.0001

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Rereading the Council of Nicaea and Its Creed

Rereading the Council of Nicaea and Its Creed

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(p.196) 8 Rereading the Council of Nicaea and Its Creed
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Standing Apart
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Lincoln H. Blumell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.003.0008

This chapter contextualizes the production of the Nicene Creed by examining the primary documentary sources of the Council of Nicaea. LDS members have often cited the Nicene Creed as evidence of ecclesial and doctrinal apostasy, but this chapter demonstrates that the bishops at the Council of Nicaea shared many theological concerns with Latter-day Saints, though they reached some different conclusions about the nature of Christ. It suggests that Latter-day Saints would profit from seeking to understand the development of Christian practices and doctrines within their theological, cultural, and political background before assessing points of accurate agreement or disagreement.

Keywords:   Nicene Creed, Council of Nicaea, Christology, Arianism, Eusebius, Constantine, emperor, homoousios

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