(Bright. Ut supra. )
"The Photinians," or followers of Marcellus's disciple Photinus, bishop
of Sirmium, the ready-witted and pertinacious disputant whom four
successive synods condemned before he could be got rid of, by State
power, in A.D. 351. (See St. Athanasius's Historical Writings, Introd.
p. lxxxix.) In his representation of the "Marcellian" theology, he laid
special stress on its Christological position--that Jesus, on whom the
Logos rested with exceptional fulness, was a mere man. See Athanasius,
De Synodis, 26, 27, for two creeds in which Photinianism is censured;
also Soc. H. E. ii., 18, 29, 30; vii., 39. There is an obvious affinity
between it and the "Samosatene" or Paulionist theory.