THEOTOKIA Part of the Psalmodia service. According to Abu al-Barakat ibn Kabar, in his encyclopedia The Lamp of Darkness for the Explanation of the Service, the compiler of the Theotokia was a virtuous potter who became a monk in Scetis. He adds that some people consider St. Athanasius to be the author of the Theotokia. …

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SEMI-ARIANS Semi-Arian is the name given to those who believed that Christ has a “like substance” of God (homeosius) but not the same substance (homoousius). The key figure of this group is Basil of Ancyra (356 a.d.). St. Athanasius, after his return from exile, was able to convince them that Christ is “like” substance, meaning …

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