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- n. A Monarchian.
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There are equally decisive proofs of spuriousness to be found in the Epistle to the Philippians, such as the references it contains to the Patripassian heresy originated by Praxeas in the latter part of the second century, and the ecclesiastical feasts, etc., of which it makes mention.
"It is the Patripassian heresy!" cried Gerbert, outraged.
Thus the spurious gospels of the Gnostics prepared the way for the canon of Scripture; Patripassian, Sabellian, Arian, and
The word, Monarchiani, was first used by Tertullian as a nickname for the Patripassian group
Trinity and a Patripassian view of the Incarnation, i.e. that the unborn God became man.
These formulæ were first subjected to examination in the Patripassian controversy.