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modalism

(ˈməʊdəˈlɪzəm)
n
(Theology) a Christian doctrine that states that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one being exhibited in three different ways rather than three separate entities

modalism

the theological doctrine that the members of the Trinity are not three separate persons but modes or forms of God’s self-expression. — modalist, n. — modalistic, adj.
See also: Heresy
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Sabellianism, Adoptionism, Modalism, Arianism) had loomed the inconceivability of assigning the Son the same godly nature and status as held by the Father.
He maintained that tritheism is deeply embedded in the Christian imagination and "is a much greater danger than a Sabellian modalism." (15) He recognized the problem entailed in the use of the word "person" as suggesting three centers of consciousness.
The composer incorporated use of changing meters, modalism, pointillistic passages, archaic sounding harmonies, recitative, and vocal melismas in what Casella himself said alluded to "the fantastic style [of the poetry] made up of baroque heroism, buffoonish and familiar comedy, and eternally varied episodes" The music does indeed reflect these qualities in the poetic scenes from the Trecento.
MODALISM AND SUBSTANCE IN BASIL'S DEBATE WITH THE HOMOIANS
Rather than the Logos, rabbis employ "dynamic Modalism" to understand God's multiple appearances.
His topics include the claim that Jesus is the father and the holy spirit, the pre-existence of the son, and modalism and the early church.
Further, and in terms of dogmatic theology, the 'one mission' approach shows a questionable tendency to project socio-historic pre-conditions on to the inner workings of the Trinity (42), or that some form of modalism is being adhered to in which God is in fact active in other faiths as Spirit, but only for Christians in the Son.
Ever since the forties, when Latin jazz evolved from its roots in bebop, it incorporated the musical language of hard bop, modalism, post-bop and jazz-rock.
Thus it is not the superficial sound of gamelan music which Harrison has adopted, but the aspects of its hierarchical structure which intersect nicely with his own melodicism, modalism, and use of counterpoint.
The significance of Origen as a control lies in the fact that he visited Rome in the time of Zephyrinus when there was considerable turmoil there over the modalist issue.(8) Hagemann argued in the mid-nineteenth century that some of Origen's arguments against modalism are directed against the views of Callistus.(9) That may be too narrow in its approach, but Origen's arguments do seem to reflect the modalism of the Roman school, of which Callistus was one representative, and Io.
I go on to discuss the relations between this account and modalism ([Sections] 4).
Other features he explains are inspired by his affinity for the classical musics of Japan and Indonesia, Australia's Asian neighbors, such as his particular modalism, the gamelanlike accompanying figures and gongs, the non-developing sectional construction, and the long, gradual increase of tension building to dramatic climax.