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The Resource Canon law and episcopal authority : the canons of Antioch and Serdica, Christopher W.B Stephens

Canon law and episcopal authority : the canons of Antioch and Serdica, Christopher W.B Stephens

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Canon law and episcopal authority : the canons of Antioch and Serdica
Title
Canon law and episcopal authority
Title remainder
the canons of Antioch and Serdica
Statement of responsibility
Christopher W.B Stephens
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This text begins with a close study of the canons of Antioch and proposes a new chronology for their composition. It then works from that conclusion to demonstrate the significance of canon law as a resource for understanding the early Church. Finally, it explores the nature and status of canon law in its early developmental period
  • "Christopher W.B. Stephens focuses on canon law as the starting point for a new interpretation of divisions between East and West in the Church after the death of Constantine the Great. He challenges the common assumption that bishops split between "Nicenes" and "non-Nicenes," "Arians" or "Eusebians." Instead, he argues that questions of doctrine took second place to disputes about the status of individual bishops and broader issues of the role of ecclesiastical councils, the nature of episcopal authority, and in particular the supremacy of the bishop of Rome. Canon law allows the author to offer a fresh understanding of the purposes of councils in the East after 337, particularly the famed Dedication Council of 341 and the western meeting of the council of Serdica and the canon law written there, which elevated the bishop of Rome to an authority above all other bishops. Investigating the laws they wrote, the author describes the power struggles taking place in the years following 337 as bishops sought to elevate their status and grasp the opportunity for the absolute form of leadership Constantine had embodied. Combining a close study of the laws and events of this period with broader reflections on the nature of power and authority in the Church and the increasingly important role of canon law, the book offers a fresh narrative of one of the most significant periods in the development of the Church as an institution and of the bishop as a leader."--
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1982-
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Stephens, Christopher W. B.
Dewey number
270.2
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Oxford theology and religion monographs
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  • Church history
  • Canon law
  • Church
  • Councils and synods (Canon law)
Target audience
specialized
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Canon law and episcopal authority : the canons of Antioch and Serdica, Christopher W.B Stephens
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction -- part I. The canons of Antioch. The canons of Antioch and the Dedication Council -- The canons of Antioch in context -- part II. Antioch and Serdica. The Dedication Council -- Serdica, Rome, and the response to Antioch -- part III. Canon law and episcopal authority. Law, authority, and power -- Constantine, control, and canon law -- Appendix I. The canons of Antioch -- Appendix II. Additional notes on the subscription lists -- Appendix III. The origin of the canons: the two-collection theory
Control code
ocn911195046
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191796548
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)911195046
Label
Canon law and episcopal authority : the canons of Antioch and Serdica, Christopher W.B Stephens
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction -- part I. The canons of Antioch. The canons of Antioch and the Dedication Council -- The canons of Antioch in context -- part II. Antioch and Serdica. The Dedication Council -- Serdica, Rome, and the response to Antioch -- part III. Canon law and episcopal authority. Law, authority, and power -- Constantine, control, and canon law -- Appendix I. The canons of Antioch -- Appendix II. Additional notes on the subscription lists -- Appendix III. The origin of the canons: the two-collection theory
Control code
ocn911195046
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191796548
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)911195046

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