Sabellianism

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Sa·bel·li·an·ism

 (sə-bĕl′ē-ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
A version of Monarchianism holding that the Godhead is a single being, differentiated only into a succession of modes or operations.

[After Sabellius (fl. 3rd cent. ad), Monarchian theologian.]

Sabellianism

the modalistic doctrines of Sabellius, 3rd-century prelate, espe-cially that the Trinity has but one divine essence and that the persons are only varying manifestations of God. Also called Modalistic Monarchianism. — Sabellian, n., adj.
See also: Heresy
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However, as Carl Beckwith has shown, Hilary came from a Latin theological heritage that had a long tradition of opposing various modalisms, especially the kind of adoptionism later represented by Photinus: see "Photinian Opponents in Hilary of Poitiers' Commentarium in Matthaeum," Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58:3 (2007, forthcoming).
MODALISM AND SUBSTANCE IN BASIL'S DEBATE WITH THE HOMOIANS
28) Although the creed's authors (Valens, Ursacius, and Germinius) frame this rejection in terms of the now contemporary struggle, that is, they are rejecting the theologies of the Nicenes and Basil of Ancyra and the Homoiousians, the larger context is their overriding concern about modalism.
This concern to guard against modalism is also present in Basil's writings.
Throughout the rest of the letter, Basil takes great pains to avoid modalism.