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Arianism heresy

Arianism heresy

A major early Christological heresy, which treated Jesus Christ as the supreme of God's creatures, and denied his divine status. The Arian controversy was of major importance in the development of Christology during the fourth century.

Adoptionism

Adoptionism

Adoptionism This is a 2nd century heresy that completely denied the Deity of Christ and presented Christ as a mere man whom God adopted for his obedience to become His son. This adoption is said to have occurred during Jesus' baptism, resurrection or even at his ascension.  Adoptionists teach that Jesus was rewarded by God […]

Arianism

Arianism

Arianism Arianism is the name attributed to the teachings of Arius (ca. AD 250-336) who denied the Divinity of Christ; his Christological views opposed those of the mainstream church which later declared him a heretic at the first ecumenical council of Nicea in 325 AD.  Arias and his followers held to the position that the […]

Docetism

Docetism

Docetism Docetism is a heresy that derives its name from the greek word (δοκεῖν/δόκησιςdokein(to seem) /dokÄ”sis(apparition,phantom)), the doceits taught that Jesus was not a human being but only appeared so, they believed that He was a spirit but appeared human but was not tangible and therefore had no body or flesh and blood. They abstained […]

Donatism

Donatism

Donatism Donatism is a heresy of the fourth and fifth century that was taught by Donatus the bishop of Cesae Negria (present Donatism teaches that the effectiveness of the Sacraments depends on the moral character of the minister, they taught that if a person was baptized by someone who is somehow immoral then that baptism […]

gnosticism

gnosticism

Gnosticism The term Gnosticism comes from the Greek word: (γνῶσιςgnōsis,) meaning knowledge. The time of the origin of this heresy is unknown and many scholars assume it predates Christianity. Gnostics believed in a salvation that required special knowledge from God, that is, one cannot be saved unless he/she receive a special knowledge revealed to him/her. […]

Marcionism

Marcionism

Marcionism Marcionism was a 2nd century heresy developed by Marciano of Sinope. He was a dualist and he taught that the God of the Old Testament is not the same God who sent Jesus Christ but a demiurge. Marciano taught that the Old Testament God was a lesser and evil God who is distinct from […]

Modalism

Modalism

MODALISM Modalism or Sabellianism is a heresy that began in the 3rd century by a theologian named Sabellias who rejected the Orthodox Trinitarian doctrine of the Trinity that states that the Trinity consists of three distinct persons namely, Father Son and the Holy Spirit, both simultaneously co-equal ,co-existing and one in essence. Modalism view of […]

Monarchianism

Monarchianism

Monarchianism The term Monarchianism means one ruler (mono = one, arche = ruler). This heresy started in the second century by people who claimed to have beeen refuting tritheism by teaching monotheism, the people who held to the monarchaianism position opposed the orthodox Trinitarian doctrine and labeled it as a tritheism. they describe God the […]