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Homoiousians, a term in use since the end of the 19th century to denote a theological group that arose from the Arian dispute while remaining particularly indebted to its Origenistic heritage. The name derives from the term ὁμοιούσιος/homoiousios (= of similar substance, in contrast to ὁμοούσιος/homoousios = of the same substance; Homoousios, Homoeans) as a description of the relation of God the Father to the Logos/Son in the Trinity. Today, the neutral “Homoiousian” has replaced such contemporary polemical terms as “Arians,” “Sem…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Homoiousians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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