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added to note only semi-arians had this belief.
'''''Homoousios''''' is a Greek word meaning "same substance" or "same essence." It is used in the [[Nicene Creed]] to say that Jesus Christ is of one essence with the Father. Although it does not appear in the Bible, the fathers of the [[First Ecumenical Council]] ultimately decided that this was the best language to use concerning the [[Holy Trinity]].
The competing term at that council was ''homoiousios'' meaning "similar essence"; it was favored by the moderates among the [[Arianism|Arians]], the [[Semi-Arianism|Semi-arians]]. Because of how close these two words are in the Greek, it has been said that there was only "one iota" of difference between them.

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