Valens of Mursa

Valens of Mursa was bishop of Mursa (Osijek in modern Croatia) and a supporter of Homoian theology, which is often labelled as a form of Arianism, although semi-arianism is probably more accurate.


Valens and his fellows were seen by contemporaneous and later Church Historical sources, to vacillate according to the political winds, being 'always inclined to side with the dominant party.

Synod of Tyre

He was one of a group of Bishops including Ursacius of Singidunum (Belgrade) who made accusations of impropriety against Athanasius of Alexandria[1] resulting in the First Synod of Tyre.

Ursacius and Valens next appear in 342 at Constantinople assisting with the consecration of Macedonius as bishop of the metropolis.

In 346, Valens and Ursacius, recanted both of their previous hostility to Athanasius and to his Trinitarian theology. Accordingly, they journeyed to Rome, presenting a written recantation to its bishop, Julius, and wrote to Athanasius, expressing their willingness to hold communion with him in the future.[2]

Battle of Mursa

From 351, Valens, became the spiritual director of Constantius II, after he prophecied victory at the Battle of Mursa for Constantius.

Council at Ariminum

Valens, Urasacius and Germinius of Sirmium were responsible for drafting the theological statement known as the Creed of Sirmium also called the Blasphemy of Sirmium in 357.[3][4] In July 359 at the Council of Ariminum, about 300[5] - 400 bishops met. Ursacius of Singidunum and Valens soon proposed their new creed,[6] drafted at the Council of Sirmium of 359 but not presented there. This creed holding that the Son was like the Father "according to the scriptures," and avoiding the controversial terms "same substance" and "similar substance."[7] Others favored the creed of Nicaea.[8]


  1. Sozomen, Church History, Book 2.25.
  2. Socrates Scholasticus, Church History, Book 2.24.
  3. Socrates Scholasticus, Church History, book 2, chapter 30.
  4. Socrates Scholasticus, Church History, book 2, chapter 37.
  5. Philostorgius, in Photius, Epitome of the Ecclesiastical History of Philostorgius, book 4, chapter 10.
  6. Socrates Scholasticus, Church History, book 2, chapter 37.
  7. Socrates Scholasticus, Church History, book 2, chapter 37.
  8. Socrates Scholasticus, Church History, book 2, chapter 37.
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