antinomianism


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

antinomianism

(ăntĭnō`mēənĭzəm) [Gr.,=against the law], the belief that Christians are not bound by the moral law, particularly that of the Old Testament. The idea was strong among the Gnostics, especially MarcionMarcion
, c.85–c.160, early Christian bishop, founder of the Marcionites, one of the first great Christian heresies to rival Catholic Christianity. He was born in Sinope. He taught in Asia Minor, then went (c.135) to Rome, where he perfected his theory.
..... Click the link for more information.
. Certain heretical sects in the Middle Ages practiced sexual license as an expression of Christian freedom. In the Protestant Reformation theoretical antinomian views were maintained by the Anabaptists and Johann Agricola, and in the 17th cent. Anne Hutchinson was persecuted for supposed antinomianism. Rom. 6 is the usual refutation for antinomianism.

antinomianism

the beliefs held, e.g. by the members of some Protestant sects in the 16th and 17th centuries, that, as members of ‘God's elect’, they could no longer be guilty of sin. As WEBER (1922) put it, such persons felt themselves ‘certain of salvation’, and ‘no longer bound by any conventional rule of conduct’. This belief was interpreted by some believers as permitting them to engage in unorthodox marital practices, including plural marriages, as well as in sexual activity outside marriage, which they justified as bringing others to salvation. Weber's view was that antinomianism is a generally occurring phenomenon, and that the more systematically the ‘practical psychological character’ of a religious faith develops, the greater is the tendency for antinomianism to be the outcome.
References in periodicals archive ?
But might there be a pacifist antinomianism, one in which the only rule is love?
A reader not familiar with the concepts of enthusiasm and antinomianism, as they relate to Protestant thought generally and the theosophical tradition in particular, will find these early chapters most valuable, as they are crucial to a proper understanding of Blake and his times.
Finding antinomianism "crucial" to the Paterian aesthetic, Donoghue claims that "Pater had an interest in finding, below the surface of an apparently unified society, intimations of visionary dissent" (134).
Although Scholem was a connoisseur of heresy, he was not that much of a heretic himself, in spite of his fascination with more radical forms of antinomianism.
Any faith premised on an unmediated relationship to God necessarily sows the seeds of some kind of individualism--this is the always present threat of antinomianism, and those of us who still worry about making such links can draw a more or less direct line from Winthrop's contemporary Anne Hutchinson to Emerson.
Walicki has observed that Soloviev categorically rejected "religiously-inspired legal nihilism," as represented by Tolstoy's antinomianism.
The genocidal King Philip's War, after all, raged alongside the Salem trials; a few decades earlier, as Anne Hutchinson and other heretics went to trial for Antinomianism, New Englanders (led by the same men opposed to Hutchinson) wiped out the Pequot Indians in a burst of crusading zeal.
However, there is evidence in the letter that Paul had opponents (probably Jewish Christians) who accused him of antinomianism (3: 8; 6: 1) and of relativizing Israel's election (Romans 9-11).
Hester's antinomianism associates her with Ann Hutchinson, in whose footsteps Hawthorne places her, and also with such strong Quaker dissidents as Mary Dyer.
Trinitarianism, Antinomianism, and Anti-Trinitarianism--including varieties within each--have characterized the spectrum of Baptist thought concerning the nature of the personhood of God.
Pooley explains the opposition between salvific and moral antinomianism in Bunyan's thought, and Achinstein wonders why nonconformists did not make more of a fuss over Bunyan's death in 1688, since funerals of ministers after the Restoration were often occasions for dissenters to render mutual encouragement.
Heschel argues convincingly that this incident was not on a Friday night, and had nothing to do with antinomianism.