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Arianism
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Arianism is the teaching of the Alexandrian presbyter Arius (ca. 280–336) and his supporters. It arose originally in reaction to the Christology of the apologists.

To preserve both monotheism and the deity of Christ, the apologists had adopted the philosophical idea of the Logos, and Origen (ca. 185-ca. 254), making use of ontological Platonic categories, had attributed autonomy to the Logos/Christ as a hypostasis, or ousia, subordinate to God (Ontology). Rejecting the Monarchian views of the Trinity of which he accused his bishop Alexander in 318, Arius appli…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Arianism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A582>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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