Arian Controversy: Teaching first attributed to Arius (225 – 336 A.D.), a presbyter in Alexandria, Egypt. He (and others) claimed that Jesus was not eternal, and therefore was subordinate to the Father. Declared heretical at the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.)
Related Concepts and/or Examples
A Chronology of the Arian Controversy – for all you timeline lovers
Santa Claus Punched Arius – probably didn’t happen, but one of the great weird stories of the early church
Consubstantiality – Father, Son and Holy Spirit are of one substance (eternal in nature)
Athanasius – the great opponent of Arianism
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