Sabellianism


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Sabellianism

3rd-century Christian heresy led by Sabellius. [Christian Hist.: EB, VIII: 747]
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(46) From the third century on Monarchianism also took the name of "Sabellianism" from the heretic Sabelius of Libyan origin, who, condemned by Pope Calixto (by 220), spread this doctrine through Egypt and Libya.
Runia, "`Where, Tell Me, is the Jew?': Basil, Philo and Isidore of Pelusium," Vigiliae Christianae 46 (1992): 172-89, shows this explicitly in the work of Isidore of Pelusium, who uses Judaism and polytheism in a topos similar to that of Gregory Nyssa, who in turn describes orthodoxy as the perfect mid-point between Sabellianism and Arianism.
(51) From his Christmas homily of 452 we see Leo recognising that impassibility lies behind the orthodox rejection of Arianism and Sabellianism (28.4 [CCSL 138.142]).
Lines in the psalm prompt to subordinationism on the one hand and Sabellianism on the other; to 'adoptionism' and to an account of Christ in terms of merit and reward.
But it is clear that, even though his name became a synonym for Sabellianism to many orthodox writers, Marcellus was nevertheless considered orthodox by numerous contemporaries, including Athanasius, a renowned defender of orthodoxy, Julius, a bishop of Rome, and much of the Western church.
Professor Lyman's research reveals that Gregory of Nyssa was more like Cyril than Athanasius: he too saw his own position as the mean between 'Sabellianism' and 'Arianism', though he actually employed the labels.
Only two years later, in his Athanasius der Grosse,(36) Mohler explored these issues more fully and engaged in an extensive critique of Schleiermacher's affection for Sabellianism. Athanasius can thus be seen as representing the second of a two-stage construction of communion ecclesiology.
Once these facts are admitted, the charge of Sabellianism also collapses.