Athanasius and the Three Cappadocian Fathers

St. Basil the Great       (330 – 379 a.d.)      The  Cappadocian Fathers St. Gregory of Nazienzen St. Gregory of Nyssa St. Basil the Great     The Council of Nicaea really did not propose a formula for the divinity of the Holy Spirit mostly because the Arius issue did not challenge the […]

Victory of Athanasius

Victory of Athanasius The Church owes a huge debt to the thinking of St. Athanasius, the arch-deacon who became Archbishop (Patriarch) of Alexandria at the age of thirty-three, whose influence as adviser to his own Archbishop Alexander at the Council of Nicaea was significant in steering the Council to a solution against the teaching of […]

The Council of Nicaea 325 a.d.

The Council of Nicaea 325 a.d. The Struggle For Right Teaching It is true that for many years the Church had struggled with how to best explain what it believed about the unique identity of Jesus.  Surely he was the “Logos” of the Gospel of John, the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14).  With Christians multiplying in […]

Arius, Alexander, and Eusebius of Nicomedia

Arius, Alexander, and Eusebius of Nicomedia Before we move on talking about Arius, Alexander, and Eusebius of Nicomedia, let us recap Arius’ teaching. Thalia 1.)  Arius taught that God the Father and the Son (Jesus) are not of the same substance (being); that they are not “one in being”.  “Thus, there is the Triad, but […]

Arius and the Son of God

Interesting But Twisted Sometimes a person promotes a twist on Christian teaching that at first sounds interesting but then makes one pause and call a “time out”. This is what happened with the teaching of Arius regarding the Son of God. Arius, who had previously been excommunicated by the Bishop of Alexandria, Peter, for his […]

Introduction to Arius

Introduction to Arius By the time Constantine took power the Church, which had always proclaimed belief in the divinity of Christ and the Trinity, had not as yet clearly defined how to officially and exactly explain the nature of its belief.  Yes, of course, from the very beginning the Church believed and taught he was […]