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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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(9) He notes correctly that in order for antinomianism to "make sense," the one to invert cultural norms must be well established on the socially acceptable side of this duality.
As Lincoln argued in the Lyceum Address, (49) antinomianism (which acknowledges no authority other than the individual conscience) threatens not just law and order but law and justice.
Sabbatean antinomianism's stress on faith rather than positive commandments offered Jewish women their first opportunity to partake in religious life as equals to men, even as celibate holy virgins, for they were no longer viewed as merely material beings.
Facing life that is an ambiguous mixture of freedom and fallenness, Christians wanting to avoid antinomianism on the one hand can fall into legalism on the other, and in either case, the presenting obscurity persists.
As much as the Puritans feared native peoples, they guarded constantly against antinomianism, the belief that faith alone, not moral law, can help the individual achieve salvation, a tenet that undercut the authority of Puritan ministers.
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Godwin was at this stage at the height of his notoriety, under heavy attack from many sources for, essentially, poisoning the morals of the middle-class youth of the period, who were uneasy with the plebeian road to revolution indicated by Paine and Thelwall but happy to consider the more individualistic rebellion associated with the evident antinomianism, and even sexual liberation, of some parts of Godwin's ethics.
The epistle is clearly a knee jerk reaction to the fear of antinomianism in congregations that took Paul's remarkable theology at face value.
Roy Bathenhouse understands the event as the personification of Marlowe's hero as a "flouting of Divine Law" and as "a bold proclamation or religious antinomianism, even though the Qur'an, of course, is not a Christian scripture" (Ibrahim 1996:43).
Children ask first of all: "Is it a true story?" They ask this of the storyteller, but they ask of the story what they ask of a dream: that it satisfy their wishes, (Jarrell 1967,140) Jarrell states the problem of such a wishing antinomianism allegorically, as the catalyst for narrative change once activated by the listener's or reader's desire.
Antinomianism, the release from obedience to religious law, became the basis for new Sabbatcan customs.
As we shall see, in Hogg's hands Antinomianism becomes a metaphorical weapon by means of which he critiques two intimately related practices of Romantic periodicals: intemperate denunciations of the literary productions of those organs' perceived ideological foes, and shameless "puffing" of the works of their political allies and personal friends.