Patripassins (Lat. pater, father, and pas-sio, suffering), the name given to those Christians of the 2d and 3d centuries who attributed the sufferings of the incarnate Son to the Father. This doctrine was only one of the aspects of Noetianism (see Noetians), its earliest advocates in Asia Minor and Italy being Prax-eas and Noetus. It originated among a class of men who were anxious, on the one hand, to uphold the divinity of the incarnate Son of God, and on the other, to guard Christian doctrine against the imputation of polytheism. This they did by denying the personality of the Son as distinct from the Father. The Father, they taught, united himself with the man Jesus Christ, and suffered and died with him; whence it followed that the same divine person was called indifferently sometimes the Father and sometimes the Son. The Patripas-sian doctrines were refuted by Tertullian and by Hippolytus; but no full exposition of them remains. These sectarians were afterward confounded with the Sabellians, and involved in their condemnation.