Monarchian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Monarchian (Eccl. Hist) One of a sect in the early Christian church which rejected the doctrine of the Trinity; -- called also patripassian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monarchian One of a body of Antitrinitarian Christians in the latter part of the second and the third century. They were divided into two groups — the dynamic (dynamistic) or rationalistic Monarchians, who regarded Christ as filled with a divine power and denied his divinity, and the Patripassians, who regarded the Father and the Son as the same; the latter were called modalistic Monarchians, from their advocacy of a threefold mode or manifestation of the deity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Monarchian a Christian who denied the personal independent subsistence of Christ—dynamic, when regarding the divinity of Christ as only a power (dynamis) communicated to Him; modalistic, when regarding Christ as God Himself incarnate, the Father who had assumed flesh, a mere modus of the Godhead
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. monarque, through L., from Gr. monarchēsmonos, alone, archein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

Men termed "Monarchians" were the first special professors of Unitarianism.
"Our Churches and Chapels" by Atticus
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