St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria

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We believe (I believe) in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven.

In the early Church, one of the truths that these early Christians had to discern is who Jesus was and what his relationship to God, the Father was. The Arian Heresy was an early argument in these discernment’s. The Ariens argued that Jesus was not one in being with the Father, but rather created by the Father, and not a divinity. Saint Athanasius is one of the early Church Fathers that sought the Truth in Jesus’s nature and argued against this Arianism . His was the argument of Christ as God from God, true God of true God and his arguments about the nature of Jesus shaped the Nicene Creed in the year 325. In today’s encounter with Christ, so much comes way through Catechism or summary written as a means of instruction. For these early church fathers such as Athanasius though these short statements were argued and defined. For them a truth had to be reached and every word had immense value. While the statement is meant to be quickly  and easily recited, they should not be glossed over but rather carefully scrutinized and meditated upon. That is after all how they were written.

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