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“Socrates on Arius and the start of the Arian controversy”
from Historia Ecclesiastica, 1.5
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AFTER Peter, bishop of Alexandria, had suffered martyrdom under Diocletian,
Achillas was installed in the episcopal office, whom Alexander succeeded, during
the period of peace above referred to. He, in the fearless exercise of his
functions for the instruction and government of the Church, attempted one day in
the presence of the presbytery and the rest of his clergy, to explain, with
perhaps too philosophical minuteness, that great theological mystery—the
UNITY of the Holy Trinity. A certain one of the presbyters under his
jurisdiction, whose name was Arius, possessed of no inconsiderable logical
acumen, imaging that the bishop was subtly teaching the same view of this
subject as Sabellius the Libyan, from love of controversy took the opposite
opinion to that of the Libyan, and as he thought vigorously responded to what
was said by the bishop. ‘If,’ said he, ‘the Father begat the Son, he that was
begotten had a beginning of existence: and from this it is evident, that there
was a time when the Son was not. It therefore necessarily follows, that he had
his substance from nothing.’
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