Arius In existographies, Arius (256-336) (Cattell 1000:237) was a Roman theologian or "Egyptian priest" (Pherson, 1896), who held shocking opinions about the “trinity”, being that there was a time when “god the father” existed before “god the son”, or something to this effect, and as a warning to sinners, his bowels were gushed out. [1]

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“Several of the ancient religions believed in a trinity. India’s was composed of three gods, the Creator [Brahma], the Preserver [Vishnu], the Destroyer [Shiva]. Egypt's trinity was composed of Osiris, Isis and Horus. Isis without the touch of man [see: virgin birth] brought forth Horus, and then married Osiris. The three were one god, and in connection with eight others composed an ennead or assemblage of nine, into many of which assemblages the Egyptians had to distribute their too numerous deities. Alexandria, the capital of Egypt, was a city founded by Alexander the Great in the year BC 322; it became at one time a vast school of religion and philosophy, but its population was addicted to piracy in the century before Christ, and their ships dominated the Mediterranean till the Romans destroyed them and captured their city. The idea of making Jesus and the Holy Ghost gods seems to have originated in Egypt. Says Milman (1840): "The Arians and Athanasians first divided the world on a pure question of faith." These parties took their names from Arius and Athanasius (Ѻ), two Egyptian priests. Athanasius was an Alexandrian and the leader of the trinitarians; Arius would not accept the views of Athanasius, and the controversy reached a stage which seemed to threaten bloodshed.”
— John Pherson (1896), “A Chapter in the History of Christian History” [2]

References
1. Russell, Bertrand. (1986). Bertrand Russell on God and Religion (editor: Al Seckel) (Amz) (pg. 258). Prometheus Books.
2. (a) Milman, Henry H. (1840). The History of Christianity. Publisher.
(b) Pherson, John D. (1896). “A Chapter in the History of Christian History” (pg. 745), The Free Thought Magazine, 14:737-.

Further reading
● Rubenstein, Richard E. (2013). When Jesus Became God (Arius, 5+ pgs). HMH.

External links
Arius – Wikipedia.

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