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  • n. The doctrine that the Trinity is composed of three modes or aspects of divine self-revelation, rather than three parts of God.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In theology, the doctrine, adopted by Sabellius in the third century, that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are different manifestations of one and the same person.


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  • It may be objected that any kind of modalism which makes the Father and/or the Son a mode of God is hard to square with the New Testament, where the Father and Son are represented as enjoying a close, loving personal relationship, and where the Son mediates between God and humankind.


  • At first glance, these statements seem to simply identify the persons of the Trinity and God; it is the extreme kind of modalism that holds


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  • By the time we reach the era of the extracanonical acts of the apostles and martyrs, Jesus is himself referred to as "the only true God", showing evidence of yet another Christological option that was explored by the early Church, that form of modalism that regarded God the Father as the very same "person" that became incarnate, regarding Jesus and the Father as simply "modes" of existence of the same single God.

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  • From my understanding, Oneness is a form of modalism, so I think Muslims would be ok with it.

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  • While modalism hasn't been explicitly defended in recent analytic philosophical theology, it haunts many recent discussions of the Trinity by philosophers and theologians, and seems important to non-philosophical thinking about the Trinity.


  • Sabellian modalism is usually rejected on the grounds that such modes are strictly sequential, or because they are not intrinsic features of God, or because they are intrinsic but not essential features of God.


  • Well aware of this problem, Leftow tries to to clarify his theory, to show why it doesn't amount to any undesirable form of modalism.


  • Leftow argues that his theory isn't any undesirable form of modalism because


  • Although other combinations are logically possible, the contours of the New Testament have caused mainly the following forms of modalism to be seriously entertained (we discuss a third, which holds that only the Holy Spirit is a mode, at the end of this section).



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  • Belief in unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (from Phrontistery)

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