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- proper n. An early Christian heresy propounded by Arius, which held that if Christ was the son of God, He must be younger than God, and therefore lesser than God, not wholly God.
His sympathy for the Arian heresy was open, and his disciple Ætius preached pure Arianism which did not hinder his being ordained deacon.
Athanasius himself, who did not disdain to compose the life of his friend Antony, has carefully observed how often the holy monk deplored and prophesied the mischiefs of the Arian heresy Athanas.tom. ii.p. 492, 498, &c.]
Bishop Stephanus (Esteban) assisted at the Third Council of Toledo (589), which extinguished the Arian heresy in Spain; Bishop Bisinus at the Second of Seville (619);