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Christianity / Orientations / Heresy /
Amonoean
Also called: Anomœan; Heterousians; Aetians; Eunomians


In Christianity, sectarian group (see heresy) promoting a radical form of Arianism, belonging to the 4th century. Its existence was short, less than 50 years.
The Amonoean orientation made a clear distinction between God and Christ. God was the deity that always had existed, Christ was only created by him. From this, God and Christ could not be considered equal or similar. In consequence, Christ was also denied the consubstantiality, that of two natures in him; a human and a divine.
The word is from Greek anomoios meaning, "not similar".
The orientation was formulated by Aėtius, whose efforts were continued by his pupil, Eunomius. Eunomius' death led to the effective end of the group.

History
350's: Aėtius formulates the concepts of his theology.
359: At the Arian Council of Seleucia, the theology of Aėtius is condemned.
360's: Eunomius emerges as the new leading figure of the Anomoeans.
383: Eunomius is punished by Byzantine Emperor, Theodosius 1.
Around 394: Eunomius dies, causing the Anomoean movement soon to disappear.




By Tore Kjeilen