The hymn is an ideal vehicle for the rejection of heresy, and Trinitarian teaching has therefore been central to Christian hymnody in both the Eastern and Western churches. The nature of the Trinity is a central doctrine of Christian orthodoxy; its classic formulation is that established in the 4th-century Nicene Creed, which is the basis for subsequent explorations of the characteristics of and the relationships between the three Persons of the Trinity. It is based on the Athanasian view that there is a Triune God, made up of three persons who are co-eternal and co-equal; it rejects the Arian theory that Christ was created by the Father and is therefore inferior to him. Anti-heretical...
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