Arianism started in Alexandria.
It’s named after Arius, a pretty popular and charismatic priest who believed that Jesus was secondary to God, not equal to God.
He was not of the same nature (consubstantial) as God the Father nor was he of like nature (homoiousian),
He didn’t invent this idea.
It had been debated for a long time.
Going right back to the first century, around the time the NT was being written, many of the church leaders took the view that Jesus was secondary to God.
This view was argued by Origen of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, the Epistle of Barnabas, Justin Martyr, the Didache, Tertullian, and Pope Dionysius.
Which is something I find shocks modern Christians.
I like to throw that into conversations.
“You do realize, of course, that the earliest Christian leaders didn’t believe Jesus was God, right?"
Anyway Arius became the focal point of the issue.
Arius’ argument was pretty simple.
The Father comes before t...
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