ANTITRINITARIANISM

ANTITRINITARIANISM. During the Arian controversy it became common to set true faith in the Trinity in antithesis to Judaism and paganism see Greg. Nys., Or. catech. 3. All who cast doubt on the divine Trinity Noetus, Sabellius, Marcellus of Ancyra were thus considered on a par with Jews, whereas gnostics and Arians were likened to pagans. This reductive view certainly had a historical basis and, as unitarian tendencies had their roots in Jewish monotheism, so theologians accused of tritheism departed from the Greek model doctrine of the hypostasis. In any event, this pattern embraced all of the antitrinitarian opinions in the early period of Christianity. This was particularly true of the former unitarian tendency, which accepted only a triple divine action in the economy of salvation but ruled out any trinity in the eternal immanent life of the divinity. In a certain sense this can also be said of the gnostics and esp. of extreme Arians, who first set God above the Son and the Spirit, radically excluding the Trinity. Thus the modern history of dogma reduces ancient antitrinitarianism to monarchianism, distinguishing adoptionism Paul of Samosata, Lucian, the Arians and modalism Praxeas, Sabellius, Marcellus, Photinus and also Priscillian. Our concern here is not to compare the antitrinitarianism of modern times with dynamic and modalistic monarchianism. Rather, we should bear in mind that behind primitive Christianity’s rejection of trinitarian errors, both Judaizing exemplifications and Hellenizing technologies, lies the concern to preserve the paradox of faith, the Trinity that is one God Augustine.Jacob Palaeologus – Wikiwand travelquaz

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