Now that we have spent a while with the Gospel of John, we are ready to turn to the Church’s magisterial meditation on God’s revelation. We begin Arius, an Alexandrian priest who thought it impious to say that the Son of God is co-eternal with the Father.
Our reading includes two small texts from Arius himself, a lengthy response by Arius’s bishop, the text of a local synod, and finally the creed of the Council of Nicaea. You’ll need some historical context to see how these documents relate to each other. In a half-hour recorded lecture, I lay out the history you’ll need and I list the questions you should answer as you read for class. Download that lecture here (right-click and choose “Save as…”) or listen via the audio player below.