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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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This fear is very real and yet unwarranted in Mary's case, as she is truly aligned with truth in a way other antinomians can never "prove" to be.
(29) Familists, moreover, had cut devotional ties with the moral law, and in this sense they were antinomians; but, as Michael Winship has noted, if all Familists were antinomians, not all antinomians were Familists.
The dervishes and antinomian Sufis were closely tied to the shamans of Inner Asia as they either resembled them or had defeated them in religious and magical feats.
One of the many virtues of Como's careful work is its ability to delineate between species of antinomian, and between these and the common-or-garden puritan.
A jarring aspect of Bozeman's book is his tendency to dismiss antinomians as religious slackers seeking to avoid hard work and gain ease and contentment--the very charge leveled against them by contemporary critics.
Indeed, Harvey comments, "Part of what is at stake in the theological debates of the Antinomian Controversy is the status of women as possessions in marriage." (11) John Cotton makes Hutchinson's challenge to this status explicit, begging her to "consider" that
The search for a Unified Kvetch Theory took a detour when one or two well-known writers suggested that the common theme among all the different manifestations of modernism was that they were all antinomian, which sent everyone scurrying to their dictionaries.
Extended to its full implication, this argument amounts to a revision of what Tallack identifies as the whole Romantic - modernist slant of American literary history, here epitomized by Perry Miller's identification of the intellectual and emotional continuities between the Puritan antinomian position and the anti-communality of American Romantic 'self-reliance'.
As a woman of 17th-century America, she had dared to challenge the patriarchal order, its power and its words, by "delivering" her own Antinomian message in an untraditional, "unfeminine" way; she was banished from the community, as a result.
As a radical of the religious middle--between Presbyterians and high Calvinist Independents on one hand, and Baptists and Antinomians on the other--he acquired an influential following but established no party, and he remained outside the centers of policy in Parliament and the Army command.
Paterson discloses, however, that internal antagonists, such as the antinomians and Roger Williams, replaced these absent external opponents.
Thirty-eight tables and eleven figures summarize the characteristics of the emigrants and their experiences in the colonies--everything from age and sex to "Antinomians by year of arrival" and "Bermuda travelers: officeholders and owners of land or goods." These tables are full of fascinating data.