Having examined some of the different theologies about the relationship of the Father and the Son in the last episode, now we look at how conflicts over these theologies affected the history of the Church – particularly in the life of Hippolytus who would be known as one of the most influential Fathers of the Church and the first antipope.
In his conflict with Pope Callistus I, we see how conflict over theology touched on the very life of Christian faithful and that even saints could find themselves on opposite sides not just on the nature of God, but also on the nature of the Church.
Image: Roman sculpture, thought to be Hippolytus.
Hippolytus’ Apostolic Tradition
Hippolytus’ Refutation of All Heresies – Book IX addresses his conflict with the Bishops of Rome
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