I swear, the more Unix I work on, the more my English skills suffer.
I think your English skills in this instance were better than mine.
I think you got what I was trying to say in the last post. While I was a Roman Catholic I never heard the "all accepted" statement, so it confused me a bit. I thought maybe it meant that since to be in the Church you must accept it, those who did not accept it, were therefore not. Things that are taken more loosely (all = majority, not having to be literally all) in every other part of life are so analysed and questioned when it comes to theology and the Church, eh?
Well said. (Incidentally, I should add that there have also been Catholics who've said that the Alexandrians were already in schism, and thus didn't count. But that's another matter; I simply wanted to make the point that say "all accepted Chalcedon" doesn't necessarily
I actually agree to some extent with the first part (time allowing, I'll try to say more about that later),
Alright, to get back to that ...
You may very well be right in saying that the "all accepted Chalcedon" language is a bigger problem than the "only half accepted Chalcedon", so I won't argue with you there.
However, let me just add these thoughts:
1. If you consider the fifth-century Latin Church to have been outside the Church, then (naturally) it makes sense to say that one-half of the Church accepted Chalcedon and one-half didn't. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that logic.
2. P-the-A admitted to me earlier that he does consider the fifth-century Latin Church to have been in the Church (to his credit);
he has strenuously avoided the logical implication: If
you admit that the Latin Church was part of the Church at the time of Chalcedon, then you can no longer consider those who accepted and those who didn't accept Chalcedon to each be one-half of the Church.
4. Thus, without trying to say which is a bigger problem, I think that the "one-half accepted" rhetoric and the "all accepted" rhetoric are both pretty problematic.
Thanks again for your thoughts and God bless,