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The Intrinsic Three-in-Oneness of Radical Honesty, (a): Response to Nietzsche’s Critique of Christianity as Being, By Nature, Dishonest

A gathering of about three hundred bishops, mostly from around the Eastern Mediterranean, the Council was summoned by the Emperor Constantine because he was concerned for the unity of the church; it was his new policy to use the church as an instrument for unifying the Empire. Constantine's purpose at Nicaea was to snuff out the conflict by peremptorily deciding it in Alexander's favour. But this attempt failed. The Council merely marked the beginning of a very long-drawn-out struggle. The controversy became mixed up with all sorts of other social and political conflicts. Arius himself was evidently not just an academic theologian, but also quite an effective publicist. The 1821 lectures do not actually contain a properly trinitarian doctrine. There is a triadic shape to the treatment of Christianity here, but the third moment is associated with both the Second and the Third Persons at once. In 1824, however, the argument has become fully trinitarian.