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Trinitarian or Ariancontroversyof the 4th-centuryBefore 318, nearly all positions had been looked at concerning the status of Jesus as the Son ofGod, all attached to prestigious names—especially those of Tertullian and Origen—all appealingto scripture, tradition, and predecessors. That was the time when even conceptions of a “qualifieddivinity” of the Son were found adequate to account for the suffering of God. Some thought thatno distinctions ought to be found in the Godhead (monarchianism) or that the Son was a mereman adopted by the Father (adoptionism); others thought that he was inferior to the Father(subordinationism); still others that he was fully God. Many more variations on the themecirculated. A doctrinal storm was gathering. Thestorm broke outin 318 when Arius, a respectedLibyan presbyter in Alexandria, began to teach what many thought acceptable in view of thesufferings of Jesus: that the Logos/Son was a mere creature, made from “nonexistence” and had

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Term
Fall
Professor
Dr.LucianTurcescu
Tags
Trinity, First Council of Nicaea, Arianism, Arius, Alexander attacks Arius

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