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Religions of the Constantinian Empire$
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Mark Edwards

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687725

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687725.001.0001

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From Origen to Arius

From Origen to Arius

(p.268) Chapter 13 From Origen to Arius
Religions of the Constantinian Empire

Mark Edwards

Oxford University Press

Chapter 13 reviews the chief theological developments of this period, commencing with the Origenist controversy, in which the principal charge against Origen is that he made the Second Person of the Trinity equipollent with the first. It is argued, therefore, that Arius’ teaching may be regarded as an extension of this anti-Origenist consensus, and that the condemnation of Arius at the Council of Nicaea in 325 was in some ways a victory for Origen. At the same time, anti-Arianism took the form of anti-Origenism in Marcellus of Ancyra; an analysis of Eusebius’ replies to him once again suggests that a crude division of parties into ‘Arian’ and ‘Nicene’ does not do justice to the diversity of opinions in this period.

Keywords:   Origen, Arius, Eusebius of Caesarea, Marcellus of Ancyra, Arianism, Nicene Council

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