from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The doctrines of Arius, denying that Jesus was of the same substance as God and holding instead that he was only the highest of created beings, viewed as heretical by most Christian churches.
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- n. A non-trinitarian Christology, denominated as heretical since Council of Nicaea, but still influential in Monophysite Christianity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrines of the Arians.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrines of the Arians. See Arian, n.
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- n. heretical doctrine taught by Arius that asserted the radical primacy of the Father over the Son
Personally I can see how people could have fallen into Docetism, but Arianism is simply absurd.
I also thought it was a little weird to talk about modern subordinationist Christology as 'Arianism' -- I generally think of Arianism as the historical phenomenon, and modern theology as 'subordinationist theology' or something similar.
The partisans of Athanasius and of Eusebius carried on a cruel war; and what is called Arianism was for a long time established in all the provinces of the empire.
This conception of Christ is technically called Arianism, from the Alexandrian presbyter of the fourth century who first brought it into prominence.
This was termed 'heresy' and the position is known as Arianism, a perspective that still exists today.
The only considerable exception to this concurrence was presented by Whiston, who laboured to maintain in his Primitive Christianity Revived (1711) the superior claims of the longer recension of the Epistles, apparently influenced in doing so by the support which he thought they furnished to the kind of Arianism which he had adopted.
Until well into the seventh century the Church was far from being the universal arbiter of faith; whole kingdoms and regions in the fourth and fifth centuries were under the influence of rival versions of Christianity, such as Arianism and
Being suppressed, 'Arianism' developed among clergy, 'Deism' among other writers.
But he was intolerant as regards other sects, such as Arianism, Socinianism, and Swedenborgianism, of which he spoke almost with passion.
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