American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A version of Monarchianism holding that the Godhead was differentiated only into a succession of modes or operations and that the Father suffered as much as the Son.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrinal view respecting the Godhead maintained by Sabellius and his followers. Sabellianism arose out of an attempt to explain the doctrine of the Trinity on philosophical principles. It agrees with orthodox Trinitarianism in denying the subordination of the Son to the Father, and in recognizing the divinity manifested in Christ as the absolute deity; it differs therefrom in denying the real personality of the Son, and in recognizing in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit not a real and eternal Trinity, but one only temporal and modalistic. According to Sabellianism, with the cessation of the manifestation of Christ in time the Son also ceases to be Son. It is nearly allied to Modalism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The doctrines or tenets of Sabellius. See Sabellian, n.
- After Sabellius (fl. 3rd cent. A.D.), Monarchian theologian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One explanation is, from the name of its first exponent, termed Sabellianism, or, the doctrine of a Modal Trinity.”
“Indeed, it is precisely for this reason that the existence of real relations in God is affirmed at the Council of Rheims in 1148, and that shortly thereafter it becomes customary to say that the denial of this entails a form of heresy known as Sabellianism (Cf., e.g.,”
“At the other end of the spectrum is the heresy of modalism (also known as Sabellianism, named after its earliest proponent, Sabellius,”
“Also, there was no doubt that Sabellianism was conceived of the devil.”
“Furthermore, there is an ancient heresy called "Marcellianism," which seems to be either the same as or a variant of Sabellianism.”
“I am sure that Bishop Bull, who really did believe the Trinity, without either Tritheism or Sabellianism, could not consistently have used the argument of Taylor or of Tillotson in proof of the absurdity of Transubstantiation. posted by Brandon | 12:31 PM”
“It must however be observed, that this diligent and impartial writer has mot met the special objection adduced by Calvin in this place, namely, the danger of gliding into Sabellianism while attempting to confute Arianism.”
“Sherlock retorted by accusing his critic of Sabellianism.”
“But the Son is now said to have his being from himself, or rather, from no one: therefore, the Son is the Father; which is Sabellianism.”
“THEIOTES; or, An Argument on the Existence, Perfections, and Personal Distinctions of the Diety: intended as an Antidote to Atheism, Pantheism, Unitarianism, and Sabellianism.”
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