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The Word <i>Homoousios</i>

Christopher Stead

in Divine Substance

Published in print June 1977 | ISBN: 9780198266303
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.003.0008
The Word Homoousios

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This chapter focuses on the use of the word homoousios, usually translated as ‘consubstantial’ or ‘coessential’, which appears to have been introduced by Gnostic Christians in the 2nd century. The first half of the 3rd century did not bring any important change in the usage of the term by Christian theologians. In the majority of cases it occurred in quotations or reminiscences of Gnostic writers. But towards the end of this period, the first tentative use of the term to formulate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity can be traced. The chapter also considers the beginnings of controversy over its application to persons of the Trinity.

Keywords: homoousios; Christian writers; Gnostic Christians; theology; Trinity

Chapter.  12906 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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