Idea of Nicaea in the early church councils, AD 431-451, The
Oxford University Press 2018 First edition.EISBN 9780191872938
This title examines the role that appeals to Nicaea (both the council and its creed) played in the major councils of the mid-5th century. It argues that the conflict between rival construals of Nicaea, and the struggle convincingly to arbitrate between them, represented a key dynamic driving - and unsettling - the conciliar activity of these decades. Mark S. Smith identifies a set of inherited assumptions concerning the role that Nicaea was expected to play in orthodox discourse - namely, that it possessed unique authority as a conciliar event, and sole sufficiency as a credal statement.