While not accepting Sabellius' teaching, Callistus publicly denounced Hippolytus' theology as ditheism
138) Hippolytus must have considered Callistus to have held the monarchian thesis with Sabellius,(139) contra Hippolytus' view which he labelled ditheism
, but to have denied the patripassianist thesis of Sabellius in dependence on Theodotus, and thereby to have abandoned his `first faith'.
shows that they rejected the teachings condemned in the anathemas of Nicaea, but in their desire to preserve monotheism and avoid charges of ditheism
, under the influence of Platonism and the idea of a chain of being, they tended to view the Son as subordinate to the Father.
He devised a mediating, embryonically trinitarian theology, transcending the ditheism
of El without offending the monarchianism of the Callistus school.
But Luke could have been modifying a theology which may have seemed to veer dangerously close to docetism or ditheism