from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Christianity The belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct gods, heretical in orthodox Christianity.
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- n. A belief in three gods.
- n. Any of several forms of Christianity that deny the Trinity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The opinion or doctrine that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct Gods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that there are three Gods, specifically that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct Gods.
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- n. (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate gods
As they aim to be monotheistic, each variant of this approach has a unique way of undercutting the inference from three divine persons to tritheism.
As to the charge of tritheism, Alston opines that “Swinburne embraces a fairly straightforward form of tritheism” (55).
The views seem to range from tritheism, to the idea that the Trinity is an event, to something that differs only slightly, or only in emphasis, from pro-Nicene
He adds however, that anyone seeking to make the doctrine intelligible, is inevitably going to tilt towards either modalism or tritheism.
According to tritheism, on the other hand, the divine persons are each distinct individual persons which are so closely related that they together count as a single thing in some fashion.
Besides monophysitism, Philoponus 'name is associated with the doctrine of tritheism.
For if you say that the F is divine or a god, and the S is divine or a god, and the HS is divine or a god, then you are committed to tritheism.
But in the Pagan and Oriental religions this trinity was nothing else but a tritheism.
Otherwise tritheism would have been the inevitable result.
He affirms with special emphasis his faith in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and in the real presence of Our Saviour in the Holy Eucharist -- a protestation against the two heresies which had troubled that century, the tritheism of Roscelin, and the impanation of