- of or relating to the Christian church or period before the Nicene Council of a.d. 325.
Also an·te-Ni·cae·an [an-tee-nahy-see-uh n] /ˌæn ti naɪˈsi ən/.
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Protestants can as little bear its Ante-nicene as its Post-tridentine period.
Again, there is one and one only great doctrinal Council in Ante-nicene times.
Perhaps it will be said we ought to take the Ante-nicene Fathers as a whole, and interpret one of them by another.
In ante-Nicene times these took place in various provinces of the Church, but did not extend to the whole Church.
It is not possible from existing documents to form a continuous and detailed history of the ante-nicene Church.