Constantine and Consensus

  title={Constantine and Consensus},
  author={Harold Allen Drake},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={1 - 15}
  • H. Drake
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • History
  • Church History
The church historian Socrates Scholasticus tells a story about an encounter during the Council of Nicaea between the emperor Constantine and the schismatic bishop Acesius. On learning that Acesius's dispute had nothing to do with the Creed or the date of Easter—the two major issues under debate at that Council—Constantine asked, “For what reason then do you separate yourself from communion with the rest of the Church?” Acesius replied that his sect objected to the relative leniency with which… 
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