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Council of Seleucia

359. This assembly of the Eastern Church was called by Emperor Constantius to settle the Arian* controversy. Constantius had endorsed a creedal formulation which was intended to be a compromise between the contending parties in this controversy. It conceded to the Semi- Arians the view that Christ comes before all time the Son who is like, but not the same as, the Father. Despite the emperor's wishes, the council stood firm on this issue, whereupon Constantius instructed the council to send ten delegates who were persuaded to accept a compromise creed like that accepted by the Council of Arminum* (Rimini) in the West. This compromise was later reaffirmed by the Council of Constantinople in 381.