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n. Christian heresy taught by Arius denying the divinity of Christ and declaring that Christ was a created being

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Arianism is a nontrinitarian belief that asserts that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, created by God the Father, distinct from the Father and therefore subordinate to the Father. Arian teachings were first attributed to Arius (c. AD 250–336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria, Egypt. The teachings are opposed to mainstream Christian teachings on the nature of the Trinity and on the nature of Christ. The Arian concept of Christ is that the Son of God did not always exist, but was created by God the Father. This belief is based on an interpretation of a verse in the Gospel of John : "You heard me say, 'I am going away, and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I."

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Arianism

Noun
1. heretical doctrine taught by Arius that asserted the radical primacy of the Father over the Son
(antonym) Athanasianism
(hypernym) theological doctrine, religious doctrine


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(n.)
The doctrines of the Arians.
  

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Arianism was the focus of the first Church council, the Council of Nicea . Its founder was Arius, who had developed an explanation for the Christian godhead. He did not believe in the Trinity , but instead held that God the Father was the only god and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit were created. Jesus was seen as the Prince of Angels who had come to earth and made himself into a human. (For the purposes of this course, we will ignore the issue of the Holy Spirit.) This explanation allowed Arius to maintain two important Christian ideas, namely, the oneness of God (monotheism) and the idea that Jesus was a historical figure who actually did the things he appeared to do--such as die (how can a god die?). The problem with it was that Arius' explanation also made Jesus into a created being, a "creature," rather than part of God.


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