Council of Chalcedon


Theology Still Matters

The Council of Chalcedon took place a mere twenty years after the Council of Ephesus.  Its impact on Christology and doctrine is one that cannot be understated.  The council came about because of a new teaching on the nature of Christ by a monk by the name of Eutyches.  To summarize his view, he taught that Christ had two natures, but after they were united they were only one.  He was an opponent of Nestorius, and his way of describing the nature of Christ was damaging.  This way of putting it seems to destroy both the humanity and the divinity of Christ. Sadly, this is not far from the belief of many Christians today.  In this paper the roles of Pope Leo and Patriarch Flavian will be discussed, along with how the council balanced the concerns of Cyril and Nestorius.

Chalcedon affirmed that the natures of Christ do not change…

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