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Luciferians
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The Luciferians (362–c. 400 CE) were a community of Christians that rigorously adhered to the Nicene Creed and rejected the clemency granted to many bishops at the Council of Alexandria in 362 CE. They were persecuted by other Nicene Christians in the 360s and 370s CE; in 383/384 CE, two Luciferian presbyters delivered an extant petition to Theodosius I, who ordered persecution of them to cease.

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In the decades leading up to the Council of Alex…

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Whiting, Colin M., “Luciferians”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002008>
First published online: 2018



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