Yesterday, I accused C. Michael Patton of holding a heretical view of the Trinity. He does. He thinks that the Trinity is a “functional hierarchy,” which contravenes the historic creedal belief that the persons of the Trinity are co-equal in all respects. It probably also makes him a modalist, or at least a dynamic monarchianist, since he overemphasizes the role of each member of the Trinity, and thus emphasizes the oneness over the threeness of the Godhead. (I imagine that he would disagree with me on the modalism charge.)
My friend, Rachel Held Evans, saw the post, and liked it. But she also tweeted,
@jonestony Yeah, I don’t like the word “heretical” having been at the receiving end of that accusation so often…
— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) July 24, 2013
I guess “heretical” is what you’d call a “trigger word” for Rachel.