Individuals are thought of as members of a family, state or religion, rather than as entities with a destiny and rights of their own.
Consisting at first of various loosely connected entities, naturally centrifugal, but temporarily drawn together by the urgent need of combination against a superior foe, who threatened them separately with extinction.
These epistles took their form at once from a natural progression of thought and from a new phase of controversy, a sort of Gnosticizing theory, or theories, which perverted Christian practice and impaired the supremacy of Christ by placing other beings or entities by His side.
The Rabbis apparently dreaded the possibility of such terms becoming hypostasized into personal entities distinct from God.
The Ideas of Plato are no longer self-subsistent entities; they are the elements which constitute the content of spiritual activity.