- 1. Theology. The doctrine or belief that the Gospel frees Christians from required obedience to any law, whether scriptural, civil, or moral, and that salvation is attained solely through faith and the gift of divine grace.2. The belief that moral laws are relative in meaning and application as opposed to fixed or universal.
* * *▪ religion(Greek anti, “against”; nomos, “law”), doctrine according to which Christians are freed by grace from the necessity of obeying the Mosaic Law. The antinomians rejected the very notion of obedience as legalistic; to them the good life flowed from the inner working of the Holy Spirit. In this circumstance they appealed not only to Martin Luther but also to Paul and Augustine.The ideas of antinomianism had been present in the early church, and some Gnostic heretics believed that freedom from law meant freedom for license. The doctrine of antinomianism, however, grew out of the Protestant controversies on the law and the gospel and was first attributed to Luther's collaborator, Johann Agricola (Agricola, Johann). It also appeared in the Reformed branch of Protestantism. The left-wing Anabaptists (Anabaptist) were accused of antinomianism, both for theological reasons and also because they opposed the cooperation of church and state, which was considered necessary for law and order. For similar reasons, in the 17th century, Separatists, Familists, Ranters, and Independents in England were called antinomians by the established churches. In New England, Anne Hutchinson was accused of the doctrine when she said that the churches were preaching “the covenant of works.” The Evangelical movement at the end of the 18th century produced its own antinomians who claimed an inner experience and a “new life,” which they considered the true source of good works.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
Antinomianism — • The heretical doctrine that Christians are exempt from the obligations of moral law Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Antinomianism Antinomianism … Catholic encyclopedia
ANTINOMIANISM — (from Greek anti, against, and nomos, law ), opposition to the law and, more especially, a religiously inspired rejection and abolition of moral, ritual, and other traditionally accepted rules and standards. Antinomianism in the narrow sense has… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Antinomianism — An ti*no mi*an*ism, n. The tenets or practice of Antinomians. South. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
antinomianism — (n.) 1640s, from ANTINOMIAN (Cf. antinomian) + ISM (Cf. ism) … Etymology dictionary
Antinomianism — For the term in politics describing socialist movements, see Autonomism Antinomianism (from the Greek ἀντί , against + νόμος , law ), or lawlessness (in the Greek Bible: ἀνομία, [http://www.blueletterbible.org/cgi bin/words.pl?word=458 ἀνομία]… … Wikipedia
antinomianism — The belief that one s religious commitments or faith exempt one from the legal or moral codes of the wider society (hence ‘anti norms’). Antinomianism has been a characteristic of particular sects throughout the history of Christianity. Most… … Dictionary of sociology
antinomianism — The belief held by various sects, but particularly by radical protestant movements of the 16th and 17th centuries, that certain chosen Christians are by faith or by predestination unable to sin, and are hence set free from the requirement to obey … Philosophy dictionary
antinomianism — The doctrine held by a group of Christians taught by Paul that Christ has freed us from slavery under the Law, indeed a freedom from any restraints at all. This travesty of his view is repudiated by Paul in Rom. 6; and Matt. 5:17–18 also asserts… … Dictionary of the Bible
Antinomianism — in theology is the idea that members of a particular religious group are under no obligation to obey the laws of ethics or morality as presented by religious authorities. Antinomianism is the polar opposite of legalism, the notion that obedience… … Mini philosophy glossary
antinomianism — antinomian ► ADJECTIVE ▪ believing that Christians are released by grace from obeying moral laws. ► NOUN ▪ a person with such a belief. DERIVATIVES antinomianism noun. ORIGIN from Greek anti against + nomos law … English terms dictionary