Anti-Trinitarians

Anti-Trinitarians

 

adherents of the religious doctrines and sects that do not accept the basic dogma of Christianity—the dogma of the Trinity.

Before the Council of Nicaea of 325, when the fundamental dogmas of the Christian church were being formed, a great majority of Christians were anti-Trinitarians—for example, gnostics, monarchians, and Arians. In the Middle Ages anti-Trinitarian views were in many cases original expressions of free thought. Anabaptists, Socinians, and other radical sects appeared during the Reformation. The 16th-century Russian thinker and freethinker Feodosii Kosoi subscribed to anti-Trinitarian ideas. A major anti-Trinitarian ideologist was the Spanish scholar M. Serveto. Anti-Trinitarians had considerable influence in England and the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. Uni-tarianism is a widespread form of anti-Trinitarianism.

A. N. CHANVSHEV

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On the other side of the war, Parliamentarians feared that Charles I and his advisors, while seeming too Catholic for comfort, were also anti-Trinitarians of the Socinian variety who were determined to crush the natural rights of Englishmen and delegitimize resistance to tyranny.
Miriam Bodian describes Rabbi Saul Levi Mortera's Tratado, which evaluated Catholics, Calvinists, and Anti-Trinitarians.
It ranges further to the persecuting doctrines and practices of both Catholic authorities and the major Protestant reformers of the sixteenth century, as well as to the arguments of their critics, and to the treatment of dissenting sects such as the Waldensians, Anabaptists, anti-Trinitarians, and Quakers.
Among his topics are conscientious objection among the Polish anti-trinitarians, Seventh-Day Adventists during the US Civil War, the prison samizdat of British conscientious objectors in two world wars, and Vladimir Chertkov and the Tolstoyan anti-militarist movement in the Soviet Union.
Indeed, the focus of the collection is largely on heresy, whether that of Locke, Newton, and anti-Trinitarians (here the inclusion of essays by three members of the Newton Project may have been a factor), the Cambridge Platonist and theological Origenist Henry More, or populist radicals like the millenarian Thomas Beverly.
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Italian Protestant with anti-Trinitarian and Unitarian views.