Arian Controversy and the Council of Nicaea | World History | Khan Academy



48 Responses

  1. Marvin Hernandez

    April 27, 2017 1:33 am

    Khan Academy, just wondering is Arius connect to Tertullian? The reason I ask is because I have read Tertullian writing and his idea sounds like the quote from Arius.
    Also fun fact:
    The Pope didn't show up at the Council of Nicaea because the Pope and the Emperor didn't see eye to eye.

  2. Roland Gerard

    April 27, 2017 2:51 am

    Well it's well known that the catholics have added a lot of pagan beliefs into christianity. It's a chance that nowadays other nominations have studied and corrected many dogma's.

  3. hisxmark

    April 27, 2017 6:05 am

    "Christians" have from the beginning believed all sorts of things about the nature of Jesus and the relation of Jesus to God. Some thought Jesus was a prophet Later some thought he was adopted by God, (see for instance the Gospel of Mark). Still later, it was claimed that he was begotten by God. Some thought he was a spirit who existed in the heavens below the moon, et alias et cetera. And when they weren't busy killing "pagans", Jews and Muslims, they would turn to their theological disputes and kill each other.
    The Doctrine of the Trinity was adopted as a compromise among competing factions, and although it didn't really make sense, it was required to believe it. It was a "MYSTERY", so just shut up, bend the knee, and drop your offering in the collection plate.

  4. Michael Purcell, DO

    April 27, 2017 1:44 pm

    Can anyone explain for me the link, if there is one, between Arius and the self-identifying "Arians" (arian race). Links appreciated

  5. Danielle John

    April 27, 2017 4:51 pm

    Mr khan where have you been my entire life your so good. I am now facing the tests and I have benefited from the videos​ so I would like to say thanks Mr khan academy

  6. motorhead

    April 28, 2017 1:48 am

    Fact: 1john 5:7-8 Trinity was admittedly invented by Tertullian and forced into the New Testament and Nicaen creed by Constantine at Nicaen council in 325 ce.
    He burned alive countless "heretics"(Arians and Jews) who rejected this idolatry insertion . He also criminalized Judaism by death penalty for teaching Torah or ordaining rabbi s.
    In Roman Church archives it shows he killed more people as heretics in roman coliseums than the pagan roman s did.

    Look up "comma debate,Trinity,Tertullian". שלום

  7. motorhead

    April 28, 2017 2:02 am

    You mention "power struggle" as if there were no violence or bloodshed…
    Wars were fought…all the way up to the 1700s…millions persecuted and killed by the Rcc and Protestants…Islam pales in comparison to what Europe did.
    All in the name of JC and various details in scripture and creeds. Insane.

  8. Kialala Ra

    April 29, 2017 3:03 pm

    I like this channel but this one is too big to just let slip by.
    The Arian controversy did not occur in a vacuum. To say that there were multi sects won't help either.
    Arius (and the subsequent debate, insert 2nd 3rd Oeucumenical Councils) came up with his idea *because of* a controversy that stirred you the church in the 2nd century : Modalism aka Sabellianism aka Monarchianism aka Modal Monarchism, which boils down to this Economic Trinity (Trinity to the world) = Ontological Trinity (Trinity by essence), God has 3 hats: Father hat, Jesus hat, Spirit hat.
    That heresy was condemned. Now enter Arius. The last thing they wanted to avoid was to be associated with Modalism. Arius, in a sense thought of himself as a "protector" sound doctrine by separating (at all cost) The Father and the Son (again, think Modalism). Hence, he introduced the Creator / Creation divide. And then… Controversy.
    Again, this channel is great but this is just too big to just let slip by.

  9. Harki Singh

    June 21, 2017 3:00 am

    why would the son claim to be equal to his father? arius was correct. there is no1 worthy of worship but the father. the father who poops, not. the father who bathes, not. the father who sleeps not. the father who eats not. the father who cries not. the father who dies not. the father who is white, not. the father who is blonde haired not. the father with blue eyes not. the father who is jesus, not. any doubts im happy to hear it, NOT lool

  10. Abdulaziz

    July 5, 2017 10:09 pm

    This is prophet Muhammad's letters to the Byzantine emperor:

    The text of the letter to Heraclius, as transmitted by Muslim historians, reads as follows:

    “ من محمد بن عبد الله إلى هرقل عظيم الروم: سلام على من اتبع الهدى، أما بعد فإنى أدعوك بدعوة الإسلام . أسلم تسلم ويؤتك الله أجرك مرتين ، فإن توليت فإن عليك إثم الأريسيِّين.
    {قُلْ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ تَعَالَوْا إِلَىٰ كَلِمَةٍ سَوَاءٍ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمْ أَلَّا نَعْبُدَ إِلَّا اللَّهَ وَلَا نُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا أَرْبَابًا مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ ۚ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَقُولُوا اشْهَدُوا بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ} [سورة آل عمران : 64].

    In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

    From Muhammad, son of Abdullah to Heraclius the Leader of the Romans:

    Peace be upon he who follows the guidance.

    Furthermore, I invite you with the invitation of Islam. If you accept Islam- you will find peace, Allah will give your reward in double. If you turn away, you will bear the sin of the Arians.

    "Say, 'O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you – that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allah .' But if they turn away, then say, 'Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to Him].' (Quran 3:64)

  11. b pokhrel

    January 27, 2018 11:27 am

    G Child
    5 months ago
    Can you make a video on how international bankers make money off funding both sides of a war?

    Simple Bozo…You just lend money to both sides…..Derrrh, I never thouyght of that….Uh Huh

  12. drakegod84

    March 31, 2018 5:00 pm

    This is how stupid and schismatic this religion is it literally broke up over the chicken or the egg argument.

  13. Ernest Monroe

    June 19, 2018 5:49 pm

    Most if not all religions are about power over and the control of others and reducing them, in effect, to being slaves to religious dogma and doctrines.  Religious leaders, wallowing in self-satisfying  wealth and excesses of their own,  serve as agents to the wealthy class.   By far, most religious programs serve one primary purpose, which is to keep the poor quiet and contented(?) while chained to their state by religious based dogma and doctrines.   As such, they, the poor,  continue to be the non-resisting fodder for the excesses of the affluent.

  14. Rand K

    July 3, 2018 12:26 pm

    The council of Nicaea was a dog and pony show put on by Constantine and those bishops who supported the thesis that the Father and Son are of the same substance, and that the Son and Father are both fully God.  Like Ptolemy 1, Constantine was trying to unite an empire under his rule and they both arrived at the same conclusion to use religion to do this.  Ptolemy 1 created the man/god Serapis and the Cult of Serapis, while Constantine and those bishops seeking the power and influence of the Emperor created a man/sungod Jesus and the pagan religion of Christianity.  

    Have you ever wondered why only 300 of the 1800 bishops, supposedly invited to the council with all expenses paid, bothered to show up?  Did they have something better to do at that time or were the vast majority of bishops not holding the same view as Constantine and those 300 bishops who did show.  So only 1/6 of the bishops set the tone for all of Christianity.  You have to wonder how many of those 5/6 were excommunicated or wound up dead, or just went along to get along?  There's a lot of things that we do not learn about history, because history is written by the victors.  In the case of Christianity it is written by those bishops who sought power and the Emperor who gave it to them.  No matter how you view it, it goes without question, the religion of Christianity came about through the syncretizing of pagan beliefs and holidays into a Western Philosophy stylized movement, based on the teachings of Jesus and the Old Testament.  Over the course of history Christianity canonized it's own New Testament, selecting writings that supported it's doctrines and the dogma it taught.

  15. Md Usman

    July 20, 2018 8:51 am

    I am Indian mahar mohammad shahid arain and arain arain Arab Al raiee one cast first 4000 year ariyans

  16. Raghad Sarsam

    October 12, 2018 5:00 pm

    A short but beautiful presentation, in my humble opinion, Arius was much close to the holy truth than others.

  17. Backstage Bum

    October 26, 2018 2:17 am

    Most of modern Christianity is based on decisions made by heated and bitter debates and from all accounts, none seemed exactly holy, blessed, or inspired. While the original Pentecost was accompanied by miracles, these meetings that defined canon, doctrine, and creeds that are supposedly irrefutable and to challenge is heresy, none of those meetings had any sacred or godly graces marking them but rather a whole lot of fighting that led to a lot of eventual fear, hate, and bloodshed. By the fruits ye shall know them. Well, the fruits of this crap was largely rotten. I felt like Arius made the most sense and by many accounts seemed adamant and strongly "inspired" to put his position forward. I think out of all the people involved, I think he was probably the most earnest. He fought what he thought was right, not popular.

    Also the ultimate decision is nonsensical contradictions anyways. So they're definitely not right.

  18. blusheep2

    December 20, 2018 12:09 pm

    Why do people think that a Creed written in 300 AD have any bearing on what I believe now. I believe what I see in the Bible period. I may see the creeds as a summation of some things that I believe but I am not living in an age when the Bible is hidden to me. I can read about it myself and come to my own conclusions.

  19. SnoopyDoo

    January 13, 2019 6:11 pm

    History also records that once the council of Nicaea formulated their doctrine, anyone who taught against it would be either executed or exiled. That just goes to show that those men were never inspired by God but by demonic forces.

  20. Shayne Fowley

    April 10, 2019 6:05 am

    Arius dies on his way to being appointed as a bishop. Can you take a guess how he dies? Answer: poison.


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