Speak to any Jew or Muslim who is on nodding terms with Church history, and he will tell you that the Council of Nicaea (325 AD) (see NOTE below) hosted by the Roman Emperor Constantine concocted the Trinity. How many times have I heard this graphic historical nonsense! These people, with undue respects, are historiographical klutzes. They’ve never heard of, indeed – very embarrassing – even maintain that certain frontline Christian apologists of the doctrine of the Trinity, who existed long before Nicea, did not even exist. To wit:
]ustin Martyr (ca.100-165),
Tatian the Assyrian (ca. 120-180),
Theophilus of Antioch(ca. 120-190),
lrenaeus of Lyons (ca.130-200),
Athenagoras of Athens (ca. 133-190),
Aristides of Athens (second century),
Minucius Felix (second or third century).
Sure, it’s not everyone who has the time or inclination to read the Ante-Nicene – no, not anti-Nicene – fathers. Steven Lawson, in his “The Pillars of grace, Volume 2” writes:
“In addressing the ]ews, the Apologists defended the full divinity of ]esus Christ and sought
to disprove Jewish claims by applying countless Old Testament prophecies to the person and work of Christ, showing that He was the long-awaited Messiah.”
So, please, if you’re going to attack the doctrine of the Trinity, refrain from the silliness that Constantine invented it. A more graphic theological klutz – I’m a slave to history – will be hard to find.
Next time someone in my presence tries the Constantine tack, forgive me if – no, I would never say “buzz off” – I graphically nod off.
NOTE -There were two Councils of Nicaea: the first in 325 AD, the second, in 786 AD (on the topic of restoring the veneration of icons or holy images).