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Subordinationism

An early, anti-Trinitarian, widely diffused sub-Christian Christology. One form of the doctrine concerned the origin of the preexistent Logos.* Most Christians rejected the Gnostic idea of intermediate beings, but that Christ is a divine being somewhat below the highest divine principle and that He derives His existence from it appealed to some, especially Origen.* Some see Subordinationist tendencies in [[Justin Martyr]],* Irenaeus,* and [[Clement of Alexandria]].* The fourth- century Arians (see Arianism) moved the christological issue back to the preincarnate origin of the Logos. Today, Jehovah's Witnesses* assign to [[Jesus Christ]] a preincarnate, derived existence.