A Church of the Three Councils

Second Council of Constinople (553)

This council devoted itself to limiting free theological debate by condemning certain forms of biblical exegesis that the patristic writers of earlier generations, including almost all of the greatest like Basil, the two Gregorys, and John Chrysostom, had regarded very highly. In particular, in a continuation of the devaluation of the now-separated Syrian and Egyptian traditions, it condemned the teaching of Theodore of Mopsuestia and Origen, whom contemporary scholars now regard as valuable witnesses to early Christian belief, practice, and ways of reading Scripture.