ARABICI, a religious sect originating about the beginning of
the 3rd century, which is mentioned by Augustine (De Haeres.
c. lxxxiii.), and called also θνητοψυχίται (“mortal-souled”) by
John of Damascus (De Haeres. c. xc.) The name is given to
the Arabians mentioned by Eusebius (Hist. Eccl. vi. 37), whose
distinctive doctrine was a form of Christian materialism, showing
itself in the belief that the soul perished and was restored to life
along with the body. We may compare Tatian’s view of the
soul as a subtler variety of matter. According to Eusebius,
they were convinced of their error by Origen, and renounced it
at a council held about A.D. 246.
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