- Jul 17, 2003
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First of all let me state my intention in posting this is not to defame Cyril of Alexandria. I'm actually trying to get some feedback for "apologetic" purposes. I've been participating in a discussion on the bapstistboard.com about whether it's appropriate to call Mary "mother of God", and those who don't have made some rather bold claims about Cyril and the council of Ephesus. Here's what one poster named "Bunyon" posted just today (you can find the full quote in the "other religion's" section of the Baptistboard, page 4 of the "does God have a mother? II "thread.):
I've yet to hear back from Bunyon about who wrote this particular history. It seems the character of Cyril (and the fact that Ephesus was the headquarters of so-called "Artemis worship") is a big part of this guy's argument against the council of Ephesus and the title "mother of God". Does anyone have some balanced info on Cyril which may be useful in counterring such polemics?Check this out.
" He hardly seemed a likely candidate for sainthood. Vitriolic, tactless and despotic, Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria wielded as much power in Egypt as the Pharaoh themselves. He would stop at nothing to retain that power, even rousing mobs to lute and murder his enemies. Yet this man is remembered as one of the greatest teachers of the church. After his death his writings became canonized as the ultimate authority on the doctrine of Christ.
As a nephew of all powerful Theophilus, Bishop of Alexandria, Cyril was assured a good career in the church. The previous century and a half had seen successive Bishops of Alexandria, Demetrius to Athanasius, become more and more powerful. Theophilus had completed the process, becoming on of the most ruthless Church politicians in history. He had destroyed the great library of Alexandria, persecuted origenist, sent Armies of storm trooper into the monasteries to root out his enemies, and engineered the exile of his chief rival in the eastern empire, Bishop John Chriysostom of Constantinople. In Egypt his power was total. Within 3 days of theophilus death in 412, Cyrill had himself installed in his place, amidst riots between his supporters and opponents. It was an inauspicious beginning to an episcopate that would be almost as ruthless as his uncle. Cyril must have wanted to establish his authority as bishop quickly after the riots. His first act was to close down the chruches of a scismatic sect known as a Novatians. This was something the civil authority could normally do. So it seem that the bishop of Alexandria was now a secular ruler as well as a spiritual one."
From- "The History of Christian thought""