The Error of Arianism

 

The Cappadocian Fathers
The Cappadocian Fathers

My blog post for National Catholic Register this week points out the heresy of Arianism and how it is not just a fourth century issue.

Arianism, simply defined, is the belief that Jesus Christ was not equal with God the Father, but was a created being. In the fourth century the Cappadocian fathers, St. Basil and St. Gregory of Nazianzus (along with Basil’s brother Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom), fought against Arianism. Their friend Athanasius was an especially stalwart, dynamic and determined defender of the orthodox faith in the face of almost universal heresy.
Heresies are like weeds. They keep coming back. The thing is, they come back in different guises. In the fourth-century Arianism was part of the great debate over the divinity of Christ and therefore the definition of the Holy Trinity.
Today Arianism takes a different form, and comes to us in the guise of humanism.

 

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