, anhypostatic view of the Trinity has fallen into the postmodern trap of making the Trinity into a set of relationships and lost the subsistent Persons who have those relationships.
Morgan discusses Sabellianism, based on modalistic
Monarchiansim and also leading to Patripassianism.
"Saul," fit for modalistic
godhead: mountainous invincibility,
He suggests that contemporary hermeneutics could interpret trinitarian doctrine as a series of roles played by God--thereby affirming modalistic
monarchianism, which trinitarian thought explicitly repudiated.
It is useful, if not necessary, to affirm the traditional axiom that "the external work of the Trinity is undivided" so that our missional practices are not engendered by tritheistic or modalistic
Modalistic monarchianism was a widely accepted solution to this problem.(1) Hippolytus' Refutatio omnium haeresium (Ref.)(2) is a major source for our knowledge of this theology and the disputes related to it, and in the case of Callistus, it is our only source.
The limitation of this control is that Origen never names his modalistic opponents, and Hagemann's argument, and mine, therefore, is possible only by juxtaposing Origen's remarks with what Hippolytus has said about Callistus' doctrine.
This heresy has a third name, Monarchianism, sometimes called Modalistic
, Monarchianism, because it asserts the unity of God.
In seeking a solution, scholars have been repeating the same mantra--"Jewish or Modalistic"--for over a century, occasionally even pairing the terms in ways that further muddy the waters.
(25.) Carl Andresen (Logos und Nomos: Die Polemik des Kelsos wider das Christentum [Berlin: de Gruyter, 1955] 336) and Trakatellis (Pre-Existence of Christ 35) both speak of "some specific Jewish modalistic speculations" (!).
(44) Alternately, the Sabellian charge--that without a modalistic
understanding of the Trinity Christianity inescapably ascribes to tritheism--was shown to be unfounded in that hypostatic relationships spring from the Father, who is the source of the Godhead.
The point of Origen's lengthy exegesis of John 1: 1-2 seems to have been primarily to refute the Monarchian view of God, especially that called the modalistic
view, which did not hold to any real distinction or separation between God the Father and God the Son.