Define the Athansians, and state what were their historical significance?
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According to Catholic theological tradition, the Athansians were a sect of Roman Catholics who held the doctrine of the trinity in high regard. In early church history, before Catholic doctrine was codified by the Pope, most Catholics and Protestants rejected the notion of the Trinity. According to tradition, Athanasius of Alexandria wrote the Athansian Creed, which placed belief in the Trinity right alongside belief in One God. The Creed and its followers exerted significant influence in the conflicts and debates over early church dogma. It is largely due to their efforts that the Trinity later became accepted as dogma by most Catholic and Protestant denominations. However, most scholars of early church history now believe that Athanasius of Alexandria was not the original author of the creed. The creed was written in Latin, and Athanasius' body of work was written in Greek. Most scholars believe that a little-known Greek scholar wrote the creed and that it was later attributed to Athanasius.