Sabellianism

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Sabellianism

3rd-century Christian heresy led by Sabellius. [Christian Hist.: EB, VIII: 747]
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For those, like Basil, who do use ousia, the problem of modalism is not with the word ousia itself, but with how it is used.
MODALISM AND SUBSTANCE IN HILARY'S DEBATE WITH THE HOMOIANS
51) This is also, however, precisely the way Basil takes the creed, and Hilary's remarks point to his newfound sense of the need to guard against both modalism and subordinationism.
What is more likely is that Hilary has learned (from Basil) the main Homoian objection to the use of ousia, that it leads inevitably to modalism, and he is using this anathema to counter these Homoian doubts about the suitability of ousia language.
The suspicion that Hilary learned this from Basil gains greater weight in the next paragraph, where Hilary turns to the Son's "birth" to explain how "like according to substance" does not lead to modalism.