Fragment of a letter of Eusebius of Nicomedia to Arius

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Reference numbersUrk. 2
Doc. 16
CPG 2046
Incipit Καλῶς φρονῶν εὔχου πάντας
Datec. 318
Ancient sourceAthanasius, On the Synods 17
Modern edition usedH-G. Opitz, Athanasius Werke, band 2 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1940).

And Eusebius of Nicomedia in addition wrote thus to Arius:

Since you think properly, pray that everyone will think that way. For it is clear to all that the thing which is made did not exist before it came into being; but rather what came into being has a beginning to its existence.

Translation by GLT

Other translations in Hanson, p. 31; NPNF2 vol. 4, p. 459

Eusebius of Nicomedia was exiled after Nicaea by the Emperor for not condemning Arius. He spent only a few years  in exile, and was brought back to his see, perhaps due to the Arian influence by family members of the Emperor. It was this Eusebius which baptized Constantine upon his death bed.

It should be reminded that the Church Historian, Eusebius of Caesarea was himself a support of Arius.

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