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n. Christianity
The belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct gods, heretical in orthodox Christianity.

tri′the·ist n.
tri′the·is′tic, tri′the·is′ti·cal adj.


(Theology) theol belief in three gods, esp in the Trinity as consisting of three distinct gods
ˈtritheist n, adj
ˌtritheˈistic, ˌtritheˈistical adj


(ˈtraɪ θiˌɪz əm)

belief in three Gods, esp. in the doctrine that the three persons of the Trinity are three distinct Gods.
tri′the•ist, n., adj.
tri`the•is′tic, tri`the•is′ti•cal, adj.


1. the heretical belief that the Trinity consists of three distinct gods.
2. any polytheistic religion having three gods. — tritheist, n. — tritheistic, tritheistical, adj.
See also: Christianity
1. a belief in three gods.
2. a Christian heresy holding that the Trinity consists of three distinct gods. — tritheist, n.
See also: God and Gods
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tritheism - (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate godstritheism - (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate gods
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
polytheism - belief in multiple Gods
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
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If such Catholics were asked to explain in some theological detail their understanding of the Trinity, for example, a number of these explanations would be tantamount to tritheism, or belief in three gods.
In upholding Jewish monotheism against Christian tritheism Gans had challenged the core doctrine of the Christian religion, the divinity of Christ.
If Christ and an anonymous minority who remained true to his teaching served primarily to point the contrast with the perfidy of the Jews, they could also serve the Quran's purpose by pointing the contrast with a majority who had perverted those teachings by replacing their holy prophet's humanity with the inventions of sonship and shared divinity, propagating the pernicious blasphemy of tritheism.
The first is that it almost necessarily leads to a kind of tritheism.
If this line of thought seems strange, it may be due to our unconscious human proneness to think of the triune God in terms of either modalism or tritheism.
7) The doctrine as Schleiermacher construed it also protects monotheism against any implication of tritheism in Christian language.
On the other hand, tritheism professed belief in three
Trinity as three persons seems to express a profound religious truth in a way too easily confused with tritheism.
comes dangerously close to tritheism when, against Barth, he describes the unity of the Trinity as "a unity of the mutual interrelations between the three subjects of the Trinity" (158).
The objections to mono-processionism, as traditionally voiced by the Western tradition, entail a lingering concern about tritheism and a questioning of the hypostatic distinctiveness for the Son and the Spirit.
In his examination of the relationship of Christology to the Trinity he notes that there are yet three unresolved issues: (1) Is the Trinity a form of tritheism, a form of monotheism, or something else?
Apparently aware of wide criticism for either embracing or tending toward tritheism in his previous exposition of the doctrine, M.