Arianism claims that Jesus is “the son of God”, but he is inferior to “God the Father”, as he is usually understood as “God’s first creative act”. Then this spiritual entity was sent to earth, where he “became flesh” in the “incarnation”.

I’m not a Trinitarian myself, but it does include words like “human nature” and “hypostatic union” to describe how Jesus can be a “real human”, while “consubstantially” existing as something much different than a human.

According to Arianism, in what way is Jesus human? Was he a spiritual entity cloaked in human biology, or would they agree with the Trinitarian idea of a hypostatic union?

  • As far as I know, Arius was pretty much orthodox except for teaching that the Son was at least created at some distant past, before creation, you might say in eternity; but created very much really—was not eternal, but was divine; God. I think people read Jehovah's Witness (and such) views back into Arianism, but if I'm not mistaken everyone believed He was God, it was just a difference on how: 'From all eternity?' 'From before any and all creation, but nonetheless a product/creature of the Father?' As such, I don't think the Incarnation doctrine differs from the orthodox view. – Sola Gratia Nov 8 at 16:54
  • @SolaGratia That’s interesting. I think you’re right, but I’m not sure if Jehovah Witnesses use terms like “incarnation” or “hypostatic union”. Arianism seems to be the default position for most who don’t believe Jesus is God Almighty, so surely this has been addressed before. – anonymouswho Nov 9 at 17:04
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    @anonymouswho Indeed, Jehovah's Witnesses don't use any philosophical terms like those to describe their beliefs on Jesus. What the Bible teaches isn't complicated. – 4castle Nov 11 at 5:57
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    When you discuss Arianism, you need to define which type. There are "Arians" and "Semi-Arians" with a number of sub-variants. Each has a slightly different idea of the incarnation and the extent to which (if at all) Jesus was God or a kind of semi-god. In any case, Arianism in most forms, ends up a type of ditheism because it believes in two distinct gods - one less than the other. Then there is Binitarianism … (and other variants). – Dr Peter McGowan Nov 11 at 9:28
  • In your second paragraph, what do you mean by "but it does include words like ..."? I can't make sense of that. – curiousdannii yesterday

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