2.2.1 “For that priest named Arius, who, as we said, was considered worthy of such an honor by Alexander, the bishop of Alexandria, appeared to be a rather pious man. But in reality, he was a hot-headed lover of glory and innovation. He began to promote some strange teachings about the faith in Christ which no one had ever sought out or introduced before.

2.2.2 By attempting to divide our only-begotten Lord Jesus Christ from the indescribable and eternal deity of the Father, he came to share the blame for the great tumult throughout the church.

2.2.3 But, of course, Alexander with his gentle nature wanted to change Arius for the better through apt pieces of advice. So for a time, he decided not to pass judgment on him yet. Because of this, the pestilential condition of the heresy spread among many. Then, as from a small spark, a great fire burst into flames.

2.2.4 And the evil which began in the church of Alexandria ran rampant throughout other cities and districts.

2.2.5 Finally, when Alexander realized that the evil was becoming even worse, he brought together a council of the bishops under him and deposed Arius. He explained the reason for doing so to his fellow ministers, both laying out the matters concerning Arius rather extensively and inspiring a zeal for destroying the heresy. He encouraged them to be truly prepared to be discerning in this matter by writing to them as follows:”

 

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