Farnovius (STANISLAUS FARNOUSKI or FARNESIUS), one of the principal Antitrinitarians of Poland, was a pupil of Peter Gonesius (q.v.). After siding for some time with the Socinians, he became in 1567 a violent champion of the right wing of Unitarianism, teaching, in the true Arian sense, the subjection of the Son to the Father, without, however, denying the preexistence of the supernatural part of his nature. The followers of his system are called Farnovians or Farnesians. Farnovius vigorously attacked the Socinian wing which maintained that Christ was essentially a man, but is to be worshipped as God since his ascension. He found it difficult, however, to retain the half-way position he had taken, and in the course of events most of his followers joined the main body of the Unitarians, especially when Socinus became the chief of that party. His own school vanished at his death, about 1614. — Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 4:331; Zeltner, Hist. Crypto-Socinismi, 1:1201; Bock, Hist. Antitrinitariorum; 0.

Fock, Socinianismus, 1:155 sq.; Mosheim, Church History, 3:242; Trechsel, Die protest. Antitrinitarier, volumes 1 and 2.

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