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a school of thought in early Christianity that emerged in the 4th c., led by Arius, who taught that Christ is not of the same nature as God, because Christ was begotten (created, with a beginning), and was therefore not eternal. The most famous opponent of Arianism was Athanasius, the renowned Melkite bishop of Alexandria. Arianism was deemed heretical at the Council of Niceae in 325 AD, but the controvery, marked by violent riots in Alexandria and enormous internal conflict in the church, continued at least through the 4th c. in Egypt.
Posted at Nov 30/2010 02:47PM:
ian: Exactly -- a good example of the many kinds of theological controversies that would play out to violent consequences in Egypt.