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SECTION I.-History of the Nicene Council.

1. History of Arius :-

Before his heresy

Upon it

2. Character and position of Constantine :-

His view of Christianity
His disappointment at its dissensions.
His conduct towards the Donatists
His wish for religious peace
His letter to Athanasius and Arius

He convokes the Nicene Council

3. Transactions at the Council :-

Disputations

Its selection of the test, Homoüsion

Its creed

Dissentients

Brought over

Banishment of Arius .

Constantia, sister to Constantine

2. The Catholics :-

Successful at Nicæa

Yet their prospects clouded

Arius's restoration attempted by Constantine

At Alexandria

At Constantinople

The

prayers of Bishop Alexander

Death of Arius.

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Eusebian Council of Arles.

The orthodox Bishops excommunicate Athanasius

Fall of Vincent

5. Eusebian Council of Milan:-

Condemns Athanasius

Banishment of Dionysius

Eusebius of Vercella

Hilary

6. Proceedings against Pope Liberius

His noble conduct

His banishment

He is tempted

A comprehension of parties

His fall

He renounces Athanasius and signs a Eusebian creed .

He afterwards recovers himself

7. Proceedings against Hosius:-

Eusebian Creed offered for his acceptance

His brave conduct

Scourged and racked

Signs the creed .

Refuses to condemn Athanasius

His repentance :

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