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To determine the "consubstantiality" (homoousia) as opposed to the mere "similarity" (homoiousia) of Christ to the Father was the problem, and if Arius prevailed in declaring that Christ was not God the very foundation of the Church might crack and its fall destroy the Empire.
Origen shows that he considers the homoousia of the Son and the Father just as relative as the unchangeability of the Son.] [Footnote 747: [Greek: Peri archôn] II.
[Greek: homoousioi], the _homoousia_ of itself never decides as to equality in dignity); but that the Son is subordinate and obedient to the Father and the Spirit to the Son (cc. 17, 22, 24), since they derive their origin, essence, and function from the Father (the Spirit from the