From the Greek word "anhomoios", meaning dissimilar, this sect of Arianism stressed an essential difference between the Father and Son in the Trinity.
The first community that included both Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus was established in this city.
14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible.
Early teaching of the church that was heretical by saying that Jesus was not God, but created by God.
A collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired.
Church teachers and writers of the early centuries whose teachings are a witness ton the Tradition of the Church.
Council of Nicaea
Christian council that met in 325 to determine the question of the trinity; decided on the divinity of all three persons.
Those books and passages of the Old and New Testaments about which there was controversy in early Christian history.
Doctor of the Church
(Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the othodoxy of their theological teaching.
Greek word for appearance. Referred to heresy which claimed Jesus only appeared to die on the Cross.
To freely choose with full understanding of the teaching of the Church, to hold to tenets or doctrines that are clearly contradictory to those of the Church.
A religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element.
The divine Word of God.
Formed with a combination of Christianity, Zoroastriaism, Buddhism, and Judism. Lived an Ascetic lifestyle.
The Christian heresy of the 2nd and 3rd centuries that rejected the Old Testament and denied the incornation of God in Jesus as a human.
Heresy claiming that there is only one nature in Christ and that His human nature is "incorporated" into the Divine Nature.
The belief that the Son was one person with two natures, but that the person of Jesus only had a divine will and lacked a human will.
A system of philosophical and religious doctrines composed of elements of Platonism, Aristotelianism, and oriental mysticism.
The theological doctrine (named after Nestorius) that Christ is both the son of God and the man Jesus (which is opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine that Christ is fully God).
The most widely-accepted statement of Christian faith; the Nicene Creed was first adopted at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.
St. Augustine of Hippo
Defined sacrament as: a visible sign of an invisable reality, a visible sign of invisible grace.
Latin edition of the Bible translated from Hebrew and Greek; mainly by St. Jerome at the end of the 4th century