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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.
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Noun1.tritheist - someone (not an orthodox Christian) who believes that the Father and Son and Holy Ghost are three separate godstritheist - someone (not an orthodox Christian) who believes that the Father and Son and Holy Ghost are three separate gods
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
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He twice cites Rahner's remark that "Balthasar is a tritheist" (25, 301).
An important, but rather neglected source for the christological use of enhypostatos in the sixth century is the Jerusalem Dialogue with a Tritheist by the Chalcedonian patriarch Anastasius I of Antioch (559-598).(73) In this dialogue the miaphysite interlocutor (the [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; indeed three-quarters of the Dialogue deals with Christology, not with the doctrine of the Trinity) raises the question of how the two natures of Christ can effect one hypostasis, whether they have undergone change or not.
Jefferson, as his writings make abundantly clear, had contempt for much of the Christian clergy, rejected John Calvin as a tritheist, and wrote his own bible that excluded all references to miracles, wonders, signs, virgin birth, resurrection, the god-head, and whatever else conflicted with his own religious thought.
The two disputes covered are the agnoetic and tritheist debates, from the point of view of the 'orthodox' Monophysites.
The anti-Chalcedonian episcopate created by the ordinations of Jacob Baradai ran into immediate trouble when two of the first bishops adhered to the party called 'tritheist' by their critics.
If Newton downplayed the distinction of Persons, none other than John Philoponus went all out for it, ranking as one of theological history's rather few tritheists. And how did he get there?--by dogged loyalty to Aristotelian philosophical categories!)