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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.
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. 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.
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85) See Hall, Antinomian Controversy, 220-242 (many of the errors enunciate the supersession of legal duties and evangelical graces), 263-264, 301-303, 352, 374-376.
90) See, for example, errors numbered 1, 2, 15, 43 in Hall, Antinomian Controversy, 219-220, 223, 231.
22) For a contemporary diagnosis of Hutchinson's miscarriage, see Emery Battis, Saints and Sectaries: Anne Hutchinson in the Antinomian Controversy in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Chapel Hill: Univ.
7) Zora, in turn, follows Hester s footsteps, and though (like most) Du Bois may lack Hawthorne's allegorical zeal, he does refashion the Antinomian Controversy and the politics of The Scarlet Letter.
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Hall, "Assurance, Community, and the Puritan Self in the Antinomian Controversy, 1636-38"; and Stephen Woolsey, "Staging a Puritan Saint: Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana.
Breen reveals that these differences played a role in most of the troubling crises that plagued Massachusetts from the antinomian controversy to the Salem witch trials.
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Showing that the antinomian controversy marks the beginning of an institutionalization of liberalism, rather than its repression, Dillon persuasively locates U.
The antinomian controversy is important for her argument because it led to a particularly rigid and well-defined statement of the official position.
Covering the antinomian controversy of the 1630s to Jonathan Edwards' classic Freedom of the Will in 1754, Jon Pahl shows how religious ideas about free will directly influenced Americans' thinking about liberty.