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 (sĕm′ē-ăr′ē-ən, -âr′-, sĕm′ī-)
A member of the Homoiousian party led by the fourth-century ad Bishop Basil of Ancyra.

Sem′i-Ar′i·an adj.
Sem′i-Ar′i·an·ism n.
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Finally, the Arian and semi-Arian heresies that gave rise first to the Council of Nicaea in 325 and then to First Constantinople in 381 make clear the key difference between divine simplicity in the classical philosophical sense and the notion of divine complexity as a result of belief in the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation.
Lohr employs an approach akin to Lyman's but, whereas she studied bishops considered orthodox by later Catholic standards, he studies ones not only whom Epiphanius and later Catholicism dubbed Semi-Arian but who, formed into a tightly knit party, defined their group as orthodox and their adversaries as heretics.
42) Again according to these authors, because Augustine worked outside the pressures of the Arian controversy, he escaped the two tragic flaws of earlier orthodox theology: first, a hesitancy about using Logos as a title for the Second Person because of its semi-Arian heritage;(43) and second, a burdensome and conceptually limiting loyalty to the language of homoousios, a term which was excessively ontological if not materialist in its connotations.

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