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Chalcedon, Council of Line breaks: Coun|cil of Chal¦ce|don

Definition of Chalcedon, Council of in English:

The fourth ecumenical council of the Christian Church, held at Chalcedon in 451. It condemned the Monophysite position and affirmed the dual but united nature of Christ as god and man.


Pronunciation: /ˌkalsɪˈdəʊnɪən/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • After Chalcedon, relations between the Copts and the Chalcedonians were often strained, and for two centuries well-intentioned religious and political leaders on both sides tried in vain to find some mutually acceptable teaching.
  • Thus Chalcedonian theology remains ‘unbaptized,’ despite its best efforts, because of its fastidious refusal to divest God of the classical trappings of divine nature (immutability, eternity, simplicity).
  • They subsequently discovered how rigid were the Chalcedonian Christians (the later missionaries from Rome were even worse) in the face of ‘heretical’ Christians, and how little inclined they were to listen and try to understand.
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