Photius of Constantinople (2)

Photius Of Constantinople (2)

also an Eastern ecclesiastic, flourished in the 5th century as presbyter of the Church at Constantinople, and was one of the most decided and active supporters of the unfortunate heresiarch Nestorius (q.v.). When Antonius and Jacobus were sent, some:time before the Council of Ephesus, A.D. 431, to convert, by persecution, the Quartadecimans and Novatians of Asia Minor, they presented to some of their converts at Philadelphia, not the Nicene Creed, but one that contained a passage deemed heretical on the subject of the Incarnation, which excited against them Charisius, who was ceconomus of the Church at Philadelphia. In these proceedings Antonius and Jacobus were supported by Photius, who not only gave them letters at the commencement of their mission, attesting their orthodoxy, but procured the deposition of their opponent Charisius, who thereupon presented a complaint to the Council of Ephesus (Concilia, volume 3, col. 673. etc., ed. Labbe). Tillemont is disposed to ascribe to Photius the answer which was drawn up to the Epistola ad Solitarios of Cyril of Alexandria. A certain Photius, a supporter of Nestorius, was banished to Petra, about A.D. 436 (Lupus, Ad Ephesin Concil. varior. PP. Epistole, cap. 188), whom, notwithstanding the objections of Lulputs ( not. in loc.), we agree with Tillemont in idenltifyinlg with the presbyter of Constantinople (Tillemont, Memoires, 14:300, 332, 494, 607, 787).

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