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Chalcedonian Definition
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The christological definition of the Council of Chalcedon, the Symbolum Chalcedonense, was achieved only after extensive resistance and under pressure from the imperial commissioners and the Roman legates. The text was solemnly read in the 6th session on Oct 25 and signed by all the bishops present. It began by repeating the creeds of Nicea and Constantinople (IV; 431), which actually should have sufficed, as had been decided at Ephesus. But to combat the new heresies of Nestorius and Eutyches, the synod considered it proper to recognize the “synodal letters” of Cyril o…

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Ritter, Adolf Martin, “Chalcedonian Definition”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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