The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

Edict of Thessalonica
(Cunctos Populos)


February 27, 380


In 380 A.D., Christianity, as defined by Emperor Theodosius, became the state religion of the Roman Empire. It is the Emperor, not the Christian church, who defined Christianity as Nicean Christianity. Fearing punishment, Christians were controlled by fear to accept Nicean theology as expressed in the Trinitarian doctrines of Athanasius and his later associates. Immediately prior to Theodosius ascension to Emperor, Arianism has become the predominant position. But now, professing the doctrine of the Trinity is a political decree of the Emperor, not a theological agreement of bishops. Arian bishops were thereafter deposed by the Emperor.

Emperors Gratian, Valentinian and Theodosius Augusti:

Edict to the People of Constantinople.

It is our desire that all the various nations which are subject to our clemency and moderation, should continue to profess that religion which was delivered to the Romans by the divine Apostle Peter, as it has been preserved by faithful tradition, and which is now professed by the Pontiff Damasus and by Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the apostolic teaching and the doctrine of the Gospel, let us believe in the one deity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in equal majesty and in a holy Trinity. We authorize the followers of this law to assume the title of Catholic Christians; but as for the others, since, in our judgment they are foolish madmen, we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious name of heretics, and shall not presume to give to their conventicles the name of churches. They will suffer in the first place the chastisement of the divine condemnation and in the second the punishment of our authority which in accordance with the will of Heaven we shall decide to inflict.

Given in Thessalonica on the third day from the calends of March, during the Fifth Consulate of Gratian Augustus and First of Theodosius Augustus.

Last Revised: January 23, 2011
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