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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.

    Naturalism in the Philosophy 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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