Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A term made use of to denote those Trinitarians who are the most orthodox, in opposition to the Socinian and Sabellian schemes. It was also the name of a sect of school philosophers, formed in opposition to the Nominalists. The former believed that universals are realities, and have an actual existence out of the mind; while the latter contended that they exist only in the mind, and are only ideas.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Realists'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/r/realists.html. 1802.