We have all heard the claim that the council of Nicea was “unanimous.” Take for instance this paragraph from https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/study/module/nicea/
This creed was recognized and agreed to by 318 members of council, who being, as Eusebius says, unanimously signed up to it. There only five who refused to sign, objecting to the term homoousios, “of the same substance.” They were Eusebius bishop of Nicomedia, Theognis of Nice, Maris of Chalcedon, Theonas of Marmarica, and Secundus of Ptolemaïs.
Of course, we have a contradiction right there. It was “unanimous” but 5 bishops dissented. Do the partisans of Trinitarian orthodoxy not know what “unanimous” means? Be that as it may, the council was even LESS unanimous than this.
From Joseph Priestley’s 3rd volume of his 4-volume work, An History of Early Opinions Concerning Jesus Christ: compiled from original writers, proving that the christian church was at first unitarian (pages 319-320, google books)
According to Eutychius, who is said to have compiled his annals from the archives of the church of Alexandria, there must have been more unitarian bishops than the Greek historians give us any account of. He says that,
there were two thousand and forty eight bishops assembled at the council of Nice, some of whom were Sabellians, who believed that Christ had no being before he was born of the virgin; others saying that God was one substance called by three names, but not believing in the word, or the Holy Spirit, which
was the opinion of Paulus Samosatensis; and that Constantine having heard their opinions, but approving of that of three hundred and eighteen, who held the same doctrine, he appointed them to meet in a large room, and gave them power to make decrees.
The same account Selden, the publisher of Eutychius, found in an Arabian and christian writer, named Joseph, and also in a celebrated Mohametan historian, Ismael Ebn Ali.
So first Constantine widdled the number of bishops down from the full number of about 2366 down to the 318 that upon his interrogation he found to hold a doctrine he could work with to create his new religion, and then he got a “unanimous” verdict from them (minus the 5 of them that are always left out of the count in proclaiming a verdict of 313 out of the 318 as “unanimous”).
Yeah…..that doesn’t sound shady at all, does it?