First, the Baptists chose the more specific terminology of "subsistence" to describe the members of the Trinity rather than "person." In addition, they define the meaning of this term, explicitly affirming that each of the three has "the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided" to avoid accusations of modalism and tritheism
. On top of even this precise phraseology, they add that the three subsistences are "all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations" before appending the Owenian statement on communion with God.
Resistance to monotheism among Jews, even after the exile, is illustrated by a brief discussion of the "tritheism
" of the Jews at Elephantine.
maintains a solid stance against modalism, he does not address the threat of tritheism
, the Scylla to modalism's Charybdis.
As Christians we feel compelled to share that our Trinitarian language, in contrast to tritheism
, is spoken in order to maintain our witness to the unity of God.
Trinity has sometimes been misunderstood as tritheism
, by a number of Christians as well as people of other faiths--or of none.
The danger of an apparent tritheism
, due to seeing the persons of the Trinity as too independent of one another, gives rise to the ecclesiological danger of too tenuous a connection among local churches.
Specific topics include infallibility, social trinity and tritheism
, Aquinas' metaphysics of the Incarnation, original sin and divine justice, and penal non-substitution.
In each case Hampton proceeds by a careful exposition of the Arminian position followed by the Reformed response: thus, the analysis of Bull's Harmonia is followed by a detailed examination of Thomas Tully's response in his Justificatio Paulina (1674), Sherlock's A Vindication by Robert South's Animadversions upon Dr: Sherlock's' Book and Tritheism
Charged upon Dr.
Perhaps this passage could be construed as condemning tritheism
rather than trinitarianism.
The current, widely accepted model grants the traditional expression of three "persons" sharing one essence (so there is no tritheism
), but with distinct centers of will and purpose.
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.
Significantly, Daley's revised reading of Leontius is confirmed by a work strongly indebted to the latter, Pamphilus' Diversorum Capitum seu Difficultatum Solutio.(52) This treatise does not allow of a precise dating; its author's account of tritheism
, however, and his silence on the monothelete and monenergist controversies of the seventh century suggest a terminus post quem of 557 (the year when John Ascoutzanges left his native town Apamea which is seen as the rise of tritheism(53)) and a terminus ante quem of 630.