There is so much information out there that is wrong regarding the council of Nicaea. When people misunderstand what happened we can run into doctrinal issues and potential heresy.
For this video, there were just a few big questions that got answered, and a lot of details. So I have broken up the sections a little more than most of my videos. To encourage people to view the video, I turn a lot of answers given into questions. The goal is to share a summary that will peak your interest to view the whole video, and I definitely recommend to check it out.
Points & Answers given in the video:
Introduction of Wes’ background, why he has authority in the subject
- does have BA in Sociology, Masters in Theological Studies, focus on Early Church, currently working on Ph. D with focus on early Christian history, communities and the like
Council of Nicaea – there’s a lot of conspiracies, some think the Trinity is false
What happened at the council? Events that happened before:
- Starts about a century before, fighting a false doctrine
- Appearance of modalism
- What is modalism, why is it different than the Trinity?
- 303 A.D. A horrible persecution for Christians start
- 312 A.D. Constantine says being a Christian is no longer criminal
- Arius makes an appearance – what was his heresy?
- How is the heresy of Arianism a reaction of another heresy?
- What does Arius argue? How does he view the Son and the Holy Spirit in connection to the Father?
- Did Arius believe all Persons of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal?
- How were these councils beneficial to the current Church today?
- What is a Neo-Arian belief? How does this connect to Jehovah Witnesses?
- 320-321 A.D. Arius is condemned as a heretic, but gains a following.
- The first council of Nicaea allowed Arius to makes his case, though he was still considered a heretic, and there is another council of Nicaea later.
- What do we have writings of regarding the Trinity, before the council of Nicaea?
- What happened to Gnosticism by the 4th century? How did Christians view the Gnostic books during that time period?
- Constantine invited many bishops to go to the council of Nicaea
- What does the Da Vinci Code say about the council that was not true?
- 312 to 3 vote related to what?
- If people did not believe in the Trinity, what happened to them during this time frame?
- What word means “same substance”?
- Concern for defining terms to avoid modalism
Why the time frame? Why did the council of Nicaea become a point of interest for conspiracy?
- Easy point in Church history
- How does ignorance play into what people think?
- Wes has a blog post – What happened during the council of Nicaea
- Were there books not counted as scripture, but people thought, perhaps, the books were scripture? What are misconceptions connected to this?
- What big influencers were at the council of Nicaea that all rejected the book of Judith?
- What conspiracy, regarding how the books of the Bible became cannon, has no historical proof?
- What is the connection between the Modern Myth and Voltaire?
- Why is the council of Nicaea not as exciting as people make it to be?
- Why are people drawn to secret knowledge?
“It’s more fun to go with the conspiracy theories than it is to go with reality.” – Wes Huff
“The truth is usually not as shiny as we believe it is.” – Melissa Dougherty
Melissa Dougherty came out of the New Age. She understands the confusion of false converts who believe they are following a genuine Christianity, when it’s actually New Age. She speaks out on many New Age practices entering the church.
Her YouTube channel is meant to help newer Christians, especially, who have questions about Christian Apologetics, false teaching connected to New Age, Mormonism, and/or Jehovah’s Witnesses. She has a ministry in reaching out to those in cults, like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Melissa occasionally shares her talent in painting, and sometimes creates Christian satire videos.
Wesley Huff loves to share information regarding Church history especially. He has a website Wesley Huff. He does a great job of making infographics on Church history, and artificats. Check out what he has created here. Wes does have a specific blog post on the Council of Nicaea. If you would like some book recommendations for Christian Apologetics, see his post Christian Apologetic Books You Should Already Have On Your Bookshelf. In today’s video, he will recommend 2 books specifically under the Church History category, though the blog post will have more than 2 recommendations.
Check Out: What Really Happened At The Council of Nicaea by Melissa Dougherty
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