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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Heresy of Arianism

Heresy of Arianism
Arianism which began in the early Third century, and was viewed as one of the hottest heretical movements of the early Church, is attributed to Arius (AD 250 – 336), a Christian presbyter from Alexandria, Egypt.  In this heresy, concerning the nature of Christ in his relationship of God, Arius asserted that Jesus, the Son of God was the highest of created beings and was a subordinate entity to God the Father.

Arianism was condemned in 325 at the First Council of Nicaea, which defended the divinity of Christ, and again at the First Council of Constantinople in 381, which defined the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
Icon - The Council of Nicaea, with Arius depicted beneath the feet of Emperor Constantine and the Bishops.     

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