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Homoousios
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The Greek term ὁμοούσιος means “having the same ousia/substance/essence.” This compound adjective, which denotes the essential identity of origin and emanation, is found in Gnostic texts and also in philosophical usage after the time of Plotinus and was probably adopted from Manichaeism. It was on account of its Gnostic/Manichaeist connotation that the term homoousios was probably not employed by the exponents of a trinitarian theology of identification (Monarchianism) to describe the relationship of God and the Son/Logos. It is unclear whether, as Athanasius a…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Homoousios”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10044>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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