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“The Fourth Creed of Sirmium (The 'Dated Creed' of the year 359)”
The Greek text as found in Athanasius, De Synodis, and Socrates, Historia Ecclesiastica is given with an English translation alongside.
This creed, which the Emperor Constantius urged the churches to accept, affirmed that the Son is like the Father in all things and prohibited the use of terms including "essence", "substance" or "ousia" when speaking of God.
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Liuwe H. Westra
The Catholic Faith was published in the presence of our Master the
most religious and gloriously victorious Emperor, Constantius, Augustus, the
eternal and august, in the Consulate of the most illustrious Flavii, Eusebius
and Hypatius, in Sirmium on the 11th of the Calends of June.
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Fourth Creed of Sirmium
The Dated Creed
Ὅμοιον δὲ λέγομεν τὸν Υἱὸν τῷ Πατρὶ κατὰ πάντα
The Son is like the Father
Prohibition of homoousios
Valens and Ursacius
Ariminum and Seleucia
the whole world groaned and wondered to find itself Arian
ingemuit totus orbis, et Arianum se esse miratus est
Athanasius De Synodis,
Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica
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