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The Rev. Ben Jefferies: “All That is Not True About Nicea II”

January 25, 2020

From The North American Anglican, here is an essay by Fr. Ben Jefferies that is titled All That is Not True About Nicea II that is very much worth reading.  It would not hurt any of us – whatever churchmanship we may be – to read this essay.  He notes:

As an aside: I am aware that most of the continuing bodies, since the 1977 Affirmation of St. Louis, have placed the “seven ecumenical councils” as their standard for doctrine, but I hope to show that this was a departure from, and not an organic development within, the Anglican Tradition, which I think is much better summarized in the language of the Fundamental Declarations of the Anglican Church in North America: “Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.” I hope this essay shall establish this contention.

I think he makes some good points and indeed that statement “Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures” would be a statement on which Anglicans should be able to build unity, whether they are Anglo-Catholic, Anglo-Protestant, or somewhere in-between.

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