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- adj. Of or pertaining to modalism
- n. A believer in modalism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who regards Father, Son, and Spirit as modes of being, and not as persons, thus denying personal distinction in the Trinity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In theology, one who holds or professes modalism.
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Carried to an extreme, one may be a modalist without saying that any of the four are modes.
This sort of modalist simply identifies God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
These possibilities, envisioned by 17th century philosophers, have not been carefully applied or adapted to modalist Trinity theories by theologians.
Nor need the modalist declare all the remaining god-candidates to be distinct modes; rather, two or more may be identified with each other.
It accounts for mathematical truth in terms of the operations of a possible but non-actual ideal agent, and thus falls under the heading of modalist philosophies of mathematics.
At the time, Lifeway was rapidly selling The Shack, which heretically misrepresents the Trinity, presenting God from the viewpoint of a modalist.
“thin” modes saddle a trinitarian modalist with the biblical difficulties noted above, whereas metaphysically
Much twentieth century theological literature on the Trinity derives from the influential work of theologians Karl Barth (1886 “ 1968) and Karl Rahner (1904 “ 84), both of whom endorse Trinity theories widely criticized as modalist or close to it.
Since a main motivation of modalist trinitarianism is the preservation of monotheism, God ” the god Yahweh of the Hebrew Scriptures ” is normally chosen as primary, although one or more the other three may be held to be numerically identical to him.
At the popular level, modalist thinking has a firm beachhead; liturgical statements, song lyrics, and sermons frequently use trinitarian names (“Father”, “Son”,
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