In 325AD between June 29th and August 25th at 130km from Istanbul, the small town of “NICEA” (today’s Iznik) became famous having become the venue of, and thus giving its name to, the first “COUNCIL” called for by ‘Emperor Constantine’, having as objective to unite the Roman Empire under one ‘Faith’ and to impose a ‘Unified Christian Doctrine’.
The ‘Council’ (followed by many others until the 20th century) assembled together all religious scholars and clerical hierarchies of the time from every corner of the vast Roman Empire, to ‘Conciliate’ the divisions coving inside Christianity to make it become a ‘Universal Doctrine’ (at the time the Empire was considered the universe), and to formulate all necessary actions aiming at the ‘Unification’ by means of the most tight relations among the different streams of ‘thought’.
Ambitious indeed.. However instead it provoked the opposite effect: cracks widened in multiplicities, argumentations heated up, even disputes became centuries-old and frequently turned into bloody wars; all driving Christianity to divide into “5 main streams, creating 56 churches and instituting 172 Orders and Congregations”..
Each with a ‘Doctrinal Corpus’ that from time to time became subject to change, modification, twisting, distortion, and even personalisation (either by the Pope or the Potent of the turn) for own ends or proper use..
Each stubbornly convinced that the others’ interpretations failed and can’t possess the ‘Truth’..
Each preaching that only his teachings present the “One Absolute Indisputable Truth”!
It seems that somewhere along the way, throughout the past 15 centuries, our ‘Islam’ have contracted the same sorts!! (I don’t have the slightest clue to document this thought. So if you can find a reliable source to fill the gap, please let me know).. Otherwise I cannot find any intelligent explanation for our Nation’s stubborn divisions over trivialities (not even over ideas) resulting in that constant haemorrhage of our blood and resources versed in useless and humiliating battles out of which all parties engaged come out more divided, weaker and poorer.
Instead of ‘Re-Conciliating’ our Nation’s common grieves to humbly explore contemporaneous compromises and elaborate innovative solutions leading us towards the most efficient, concrete and practical ways to ‘Unite’; we tend to favour discordance and disagreement which were (and still are) always hypocritically camouflaged in dark veils woven of void solidarity statements, ornamented with meaningless yet dazzling intentions, displayed in expensive frames of words, intended only for domestic populist appeal or foreign PR purposes.
Perhaps their only function was/is to rally the masses and fill some central squares in order to occupy some airing time on low ratings TV/Radio programmes or talk shows, guaranteeing a job and a salary for the cast, and providing the 15 minutes glory for the aspiring new entries in political, social, intellectual and religious ‘Circles’..
It seems that the term ‘Circuses’ would be much more appropriate regarding the situation..
Don’t you think?
The intentional absence of a “Re-Conciliatory Vision” have produced one sure result: the Nation have sunk in the dark abyss of oblivion..
Pass On The Word.