Chesterton on the Councils of Christendom…

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“Nobody will ever write a history of Europe that will make any sort of sense, until he does justice to the Councils of the Church, those vast and yet subtle collaborations for thrashing out a thousand thoughts to find the true thought of the Church.  The great religious Councils of the Church are far more practical and important than the great international treaties which are generally made the pivotal dates of history … For in almost every case the international peace was founded on a compromise; the religious peace was founded on a distinction– the enunciation of a principle which has affected, and still does affect, the general state of mind of thousands of Europeans from admirals to applewomen.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

[Quoted by Leo Donald David in the book: The First Seven Ecumenical Councils, their history and theology.]

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