I have heard that some non-trinitarian Christians reject the concept of the trinity and say that there is only one indivisible divinity. Are there any Christian denominations that believe in a "duality", i.e. that there are exactly two persons in the god-head?

  • I would suggest that there is a duality between God and Satan as one governs heaven and one hell. I do not know of any denomination which does not have the three entities of the trinity - whereas some consider them three distinct entities and some believe that it's one entity in 3 forms. That's the general difference between nontrinitarian (unitarian) and trinitarian. – The Freemason Dec 12 '13 at 18:52
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    Just a note, the form "Do any x, y?" isn't a particularly productive line of questioning. Why not ask about something more specific so you can learn. You should be able to determine whether something exists fairly easily with a google search, so if something interests you, do that first and if you have more specific questions ask those. – wax eagle Dec 12 '13 at 19:14
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    @Freemasonthesatirist Dan - you do realise that dualism (God v. Satan) has historically been considered heresy by Nicene Christianity, based mostly on its incompatability with Scripture, right? – Affable Geek Dec 12 '13 at 19:23
  • @AffableGeek apparently I do not realize that. I should have said, "I would suggest that there is a case for duality between God and Satan..." as I am not suggesting that there really is - but the argument can be made. – The Freemason Dec 12 '13 at 20:49
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    Note that in the context of the question, there's a big difference between Dualism -- the idea that God and Satan are equal but opposite, and the duality that I think the questioner is asking about. I think he's driving more at a theory that only two of the traditional three persons of the Trinity are real, like a belief that Father and Holy Spirit are God but Jesus was just an ordinary man. – Jay Dec 13 '13 at 5:25

Historically, there was a group of persons who claimed to be Christians, but denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit. They were derided by orthodox Christians as Pneumatomachoi (literally, “those who fight the Spirit”) or Macedonians (after the proponent of this idea, named Macedonius—no relation to the geographical region by that name).

The Macedonians were apparently “homoiousians”: those who affirmed that the nature of the Son is “similar” to that of the Father (a position that Athanasius discovered was actually nearly orthodox, at least as regards the divinity of the Son).

Hence, this sect could be said to have been “binitarian” or “dualitarian.”

  • Very nice answer – guest37 Mar 30 '17 at 19:00

There are Christians of all types actually. There's the trinitarians, the binitarians, the unitarians, and the modalists as far as the subject of the godhead goes. The term "Christian" is not based on any one specific of these terms or concepts. It's completely false to say that someone is not a Christian because they do not ascribe to a specific one of these concepts. Although most of the time it's easier to find the trinitarian denominations as these are the ones who really try to force others to believe as they do. Denominations who hold to any of the other concepts are not nearly as militant and are therefore not as obvious to perceive as the trinitarians. However, always remember that it is being saved by the blood of Messiah that makes us Christian. Not a specific concept of the godhead.

The Armstrongites believed that there were two in the godhead and some Anabaptists are modalists.

  • Do you know if the Worldwide Church of God considered the two members to be homoousious or of the same substance? Or did they have a view of the Godhead that was more similar to the LDS definition of the Trinity? – James Shewey Mar 29 '17 at 17:01
  • You forgot the tritheists in your recension of godhead status positions. – Wtrmute Mar 29 '17 at 18:36

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