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Conceptual Truth

Reveals who God is and what God does (See Inscriptured Revelation)


Conclusion

A claim that is made which is supported by either true or false facts.

Conflict Theory

Society is viewed as composed of groups competing for scarce resources. The capitalists have the means to produce wealth (Bourgeoisie) were in conflict with the exploited mass workers (Proletariat). Their conflict was the theory that Karl Marx developed to identify key cause for social change.

Consecrate

To set apart and make sacred and dedicated to the service of the LORD God.

Consecration

The dedication to the service of the LORD God. 2. (Rom. Cath. Ch.) The act of giving the sacramental nature to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine. 3. Ordination to a sacred office

Constantine the Great

Originator and founder of the Christian Roman Empire. Constantine (C. AD 274-337) was a powerful general who had been proclaimed Caesar by his troops. Just before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in Rome in AD 312, he was pondering which gods he should ask for assistance in battle, when he saw the sign of the cross in the sky. Constantine took the celestial advice, made war under the sign of the cross and was victorious. This victory led to his becoming the first Christian Roman emperor, and sole ruler of Rome after his defeat of Licinius in AD 324. Constantinople was founded by him in AD 330 which began the era of the Byzantine Empire. Constantine and his eastern co-ruler, Licinius, issued the Edict of Milan during his reign, which officially ended the persecution of Christians, and allowed for freedom of religion throughout the Empire.

Conviction

Strong beliefs that create solid choices of thought and action that one would be willing, if necessary, to die for (See Ethics)

Council

An assembly of leaders, gathered for purposes of establishing new policies and doctrines to organize government of people, ideas, doctrines or belief.

Council in Trullo (Quinisext Council)

(Not considered a Ecumenical Council by the Western Churches) Called in 692 to address matters of discipline by amendment to the 5th and 6th councils, and the Biblical canon.


Council of Chalcedon

(The Fourth Ecumenical Council) of the church was called to debate the nature of God in 451. Jesus was declared to have had two natures from birth, one divine and one human, and combined in equal portions within the single being of Jesus. This council upheld the statements of faith from the Councils of Nicea and Constantinople and reemphasized the decision of the Council of Ephesus. It was held in Chalcedon (Modern Kadikoy, Turkey) when called by the emperor Marcian to reject Monophysite heresy, and to approve the Nicaea and Constantinople Creeds. The council position eventually split Christendom into three parts; in the middle were those who accepted Chalcedon and became the orthodox majority in Byzantium, the Monophysites, and the Nestorian Church. They adopted the Chalcedonian Creed which described the hypostatic union of the two natures of Christ as human and divine. It also reinstated those deposed in 449, and elevated Constantinople and Jerusalem to the status of Patriarchs.



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