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Athanasius is Elected Patriarch Bishop of Alexandria

Athanasius of Alexandria
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Athanasius is elected Patriarch Bishop of Alexandria. One of the strongest and most proflic supporters of the Nicene Creed, Patriarch Athanasius will play an important role in combatting the still-present Arian heresy.

The Nicene Creed was only established three years ago at the First Council of Nicea and it is not yet nearly as widely accepted as it will be in the coming centuries. Despite the fact that the First Council of Nicea declared Arianism a heresy and that Emperor Constantine exiled Arius, there remains strong support for Arius' ideas. Because Arius was an Alexandrian priest, it's around Alexandria that his ideas find the most support, which is why Athanasius' defense of the Nicene Creed will become so critical.

Because the support for Arius of Alexandria includes powerful political forces like Emperor Constantius II, a son of Emperor Constantine, Athanasius doesn't always have the upper hand. In fact, Anathasius has to spend many years either in exile or hiding in various locations in the desert. Out of the 45 years he spends as archbishop of Alexandria, 17 years are spent in exile or on the run.

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