The followers of Arius, a presbyter of the church of
Alexandria, in the fourth century. He maintained
(1) that the Father and Son are distinct beings; (2) that the Son,
though divine, is not equal to the Father; (3)
that the Son had a state of existence previous to His appearance on
earth, but not from eternity; and (4) that the Messiah was not real
man, but a divine being in a case of flesh.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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