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date: 24 October 2020

Arianism. 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Author(s):
E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

The main heresy which denied the full Divinity of Christ, so called after its author, *Arius. Arius seems to have held that the Son of God was not eternal but created by the Father from nothing as an instrument for the creation of the world; He was therefore not God by nature, but a creature susceptible to change, even though He differed from other creatures in being the one direct creation of God; His dignity as Son of God was given Him by the Father on account of his foreseen righteousness. Earlier scholars saw this teaching as an adulteration of Christian faith by pagan philosophical concerns; recently it has been argued that a major objective of the Arians was to distinguish the Divinity of the Father from that of the Son in order to express the ... ...

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