Date of Award


Thesis Type

Open Access

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Master of Liberal Studies


Patrick J. Powers


This paper examines events from the late third century to the Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E. The scope of this study is not to debate the differences in translation of ancient texts but rather to examine how the Council of Nicaea changed the path of orthodox Christianity and was used to fuel Constantine's ambition. Constantine called the Council of Nicaea to maintain the integrity of his empire. He recognized the potential hidden in Christian communities. His success in calling the Council of Nicaea should not be measured by the doctrine that emerged, but rather by the decline of theological interpretations in Christianity.