Newman‟s essay introduced the theme of doctrinal development in christianity by awakening the interest arianism newman interprets the history of arian heresy within his own context ie, the anglicanism of the nineteenth century and tries to prove his hypothesis on the ground of its relation to the catholic. Arius, and the response to arianism from theologians such as athanasius, significantly affected the relation to us in salvation history and what that work can tell us about god's eternal being in the early fourth century the lengthy introductory essay on related themes (the third time) the fourth time he. They were not arians (ie they did not see jesus christ as a creature made out of nothing), but they held him to be inferior to the father and so appeared arian to the nicene party cf tony lane, a concise history of christian thought (rev ed , london: t&t clark, 2006), 30 philip schaff, 'arianism' in a. First among the doctrinal disputes which troubled christians after constantine had recognized the church in ad 313, and the parent of many more during some three centuries, arianism occupies a large place in ecclesiastical history it is not a modern form of unbelief, and therefore will appear strange in modern eyes. The historical background of arianism the founder of arianism was no other than arius he studied under lucian of antioch who saw jesus as a semidivine intermediate being in fact, lucian thought the logos was not fully god or man therefore, jesus has a high status among the creatures even being called “the firstborn.
 eusebius started a writing campaign against alexander, and tried to muster enough political pressure among those in egypt who sympathized with arius so as to get him reinstated alexander fought back and started his own campaign, which caused the controversy to intensify news of arius' views continued to spread. The arian party, he says, independent of their speculative opinions, cannot be absolved from the unchristian heresy of cruelty and revenge however darkly colored, we cannot reject the general testimony to their acts of violence, wherever they attempted to regain their authority [history of christianity, book iii, chap, v. The first century of church history is filled with intellectual dilemmas and doctrinal disputes the first to emerge has been called arianism, after the alexandrian priest arius who enunciate the doctrine that christ was neither co-eternal with nor equal to god in divinity in short, christ was on a lower level though condemned. A historical overview of the arian controversy concerning the trinity and the divinity of christ.
Free essay: even during numerous exiles, athanasius continued to be a vigorous defender of nicene christianity against arianism sabellius most likely taught in rome around the time he first started writing about moadalism, and little did he know, his questioning of the true nature, or mode, of god. Athanasius against the arians according to the benedictine text with an account of ids life by william bright, dd canon of christ church regius professor of ecclesiastical history second edition at the clarendon press 1884 [all rights reserved] i me institute 10 i.
Adapted from an essay by the late very rev n patrinacos a number of bishops followed arius, and the church went into her first and perhaps deepest division of faith up to then a baptismal creed representing arianism was submitted to the council by eusebios of nicomedia but was at once rejected another creed. Theological debate continued for a century within christianity, prompting a number of councils and creeds as well as a voluminous literature exploring the definition of god as trinity, the origin of the divine son, and the nature of salvation from these events arianism has been traditionally defined in theological polemic as.