Creeds: Arius

Continuing our discussion on Creeds, we arrive at the private creed of Arius.

“The preceding Creed of Lucian seems to have already in view the rising heresy of Arius, Presbyter of Alexandria (d. 336), which kindled one of the greatest theological controversies, and became the occasion of the Nicene Council and Creed. We insert it, therefore, in this place, between Lucian and Eusebius, to show how far Arius agreed with the Catholic faith of that age. His peculiar tenets, however, which were condemned at Nic├Ža in 325, are skillfully avoided in this private confession. It is heretical not by what it says, but by what it omits. It was to pave the way for his restoration. It was laid before the Emperor Constantine, at his request, and is reported by Socrates, Hist. Eccl. Lib. I. cap. 26, and Sozomen, Hist. Eccl. Lib. II. cap. 27; see also Mansi, Conc. Tom. II. p. 1157, and Hahn, pp. 192 sq.”

The Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father Almighty;

And in the Lord Jesus Christ, his Son,
who was begotten of him before all ages,
the Divine Logos,
through whom all things were made, both those in the heavens and those on the earth;
who came down and was made flesh;
and suffered;
and rose again;
and ascended to the heavens;
and shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.

And in the Holy Ghost;

and in the resurrection of the flesh;

and in the life of the world to come;

and in a kingdom of heaven;

and in one Catholic Church of God which extends to the ends of the earth.

In studying doctrinal development, the one thing that I have noticed in the creeds, contrary to the Apostles and the Apostolic Fathers, such as Ignatius, is that Christ is not wholly called God, but Lord.

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