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#342 – A History Catholic of the Catholic Church – The First Ecumenical Council

As the conflict between Arius and Alexander grows larger, bishops throughout the Eastern Empire choose sides. Constantine decides to summon bishops from throughout the Roman Empire in the hopes of establishing peace.

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Image of Icon of the First Council of Nicaea. This icon shows Arius in brown, without the halo. The figure facing him is possibly Alexander of Alexandria. Constantine is shown wearing a crown.

Constantine’s letter to Arius and Alexander seeking peace

Constantine’s letter summoning the bishops to Nicaea

Documents relating to the 325 Synod of Antioch

Icons of Saint Nicholas slapping Arius

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#338 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Council of Arles

The end of the Great Persecutions brought with it great joy but also great difficulty as Christians struggled with how to treat those who had abandoned their faith during the troubles and now wanted to return. Constantine becomes more involved in Church affairs as he seeks to maintain the favor of the “Highest Divinity”, but the Donatists are making this difficult.

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Image of 313 Coin of Constantine and Sol Invictus

Map of the spread of Christianity in 314

Map of territory held by Constantine in 314

Canons of the Council of Arles 314

John L. Boojamra, “Constantine and The Council of Arles: The Foundations of Church and state in the Christian East”, The Greek Orthodox Theological Review, Vol. 43, Nos. 1-4, 1998, pp. 129-141.

Averil Cameron. (2006). Constantine and the ‘peace of the church’. In: Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young (eds.) The Cambridge History of Christianity. pp. 538-551. [Online]. Cambridge History of Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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#335 – A History of the Catholic Church – Tetrarchs and Traditors

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The Imperial Tetrarchy runs into problems with the rise of Constantine and Maxentius, each of whom will look to the Christians to support them against rivals. However, the Church has its own problems as both Rome and Carthage struggle to deal with the effects of the Persecutions and the Donatists come on to the scene.

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Image: reproduction of Constantine’s basilica at Trier.

Coin of Constantine with Sol Invictus

Map of provinces of Roman Empire. In North Africa, you can see province of Proconsularis Africa that supported Caecelian and provinces of Numidia that supported Majorinus.

Maps of territory held by the different Tetrarchs

T. D. Barnes, “The Beginnings of Donatism”, The Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, April 1975, pp. 13-22.

Alan Dearn, “The Abitinian Martys and the Outbreak of the Donatist Schism”, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 55, No. 1, January 2004, pp. 1-18.

Peter Iver Kaufman, “Donatism Revisited: Moderates and Militants in Late Antique North Africa”, Journal of Late Antiquity, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2009, pp. 131-142.

Robert Wisniewski, “Lucilla and the Bone: Remarks on an Early Testimony to the Cult of Relics”, Journal of Late Antiquity, 4.1, Spring 20011, pp. 157-161.

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