“According to Rowan Williams, the central concern is with the freedom of God’s will. Arius insists that God is self-subsistent, and because he is immaterial he is “without any kind of plurality or composition.” If the Son is eternally with God, then there is something beside God that qualifies or limits Him, and God is unlimited. To be in relation is to be limited and qualified, and God is absolute. As Williams says, “if God is free in respect of every contingent, mutable and passible reality, the Word exists because God chooses that he should.” For Williams, Arius’s theology is very “conservative,” affirming what earlier writers would have affirmed: “God is free, the world need not exist, the Word is other than God, the Word is part of the world, so the Word is freely formed ex nihilo.” If the Father “necessarily” begets the Son, then His freedom is qualified and limited by some necessity. In addition, as Letham points out, Arians “wanted to protect God from involvement in creation, from human experiences and sufferings. Jesus’ human limitations showed that he was inferior to God.”
Now, in philosophical theology, who does Arius’ God sound like? Absolutely simple unlimited being to which all relations are extrinsic…hmmm.
“From this, we can see that the assumptions behind Arianism are precisely Hellenistic assumptions. To be absolute means to be entirely unrelated. And to be absolute means to be free from contaminations and involvement with the material creation. Harnack had it exactly backward. It wasn’t the orthodox who were Hellenizing the faith; the Arians were the one who were incapable of bursting out of the confines of Greek metaphysics. (See also Zizioulas on how Trinitarian theology burst the categories of Hellenistic thought.)”
Duh. This is what the Orthodox with their “subbiblical” Trinitarianism have been saying all along. Now, does your theology “burst” the categories of Hellenism or think that they are necessary to doing theology proper? Compare and see. Just go read Hodge, Warfield, Turretin, Bavink…err I mean Melancthon, Chemnitz, Walther…err I mean Aquinas, Scotus, Albert…err I mean Augustine…err I mean Plotinus, Proclus…Plato.