Formal attempt to define the nature of Jesus

A formal attempt was undertaken in 325 by a council of delegates from the various Christian churches, summoned and presided over by Roman Emperor Constantine, (though he was not yet a baptized convert), at Nicaea (now Iznik, Turkey), to define the nature of Jesus. The council adopted a creed, known as the Nicene Creed, that defined Jesus as “of one substance” with God, “God the Father and God the Son are consubstantial and coeternal” and that “Arianism the doctrine in which Jesus is a being created by and subservient to God, was heretical.”

      325 CE
      Roman Emperor
      Iznik, Turkey

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