antinomianism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antinomianism the theological doctrine that by faith and God's grace a Christian is freed from all laws (including the moral standards of the culture)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antinomianism The tenets or practice of Antinomians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antinomianism The tenets of the antinomians.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antinomianism an-ti-nōm′i-an-izm the belief that Christians are emancipated by the gospel from the obligation to keep the moral law—a monstrous abuse and perversion of the Pauline doctrine of justification by faith, esp. applied to the party of Johann Agricola in the German Reformation
    • n Antinomianism and adj. Antinom′ian, against the law: pertaining to the Antinomians
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Usage

In literature:

He denied that they were Antinomians, who despised good works; he found them excellent characters.
"History of the Moravian Church" by J. E. Hutton
The lives of many of them are very disorderly, and rank antinomianism prevails among them.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
That is antinomian or hypernomian, and judges law as well as fact.
"Essays, Second Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
ANTINOMIANISM, the doctrine that the law is superseded in some sense or other by the all-sufficing, all-emancipating free spirit of Christ.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Antinomian theory can flourish blamelessly in a puritan soil, for there it instinctively remains theoretical.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
They call themselves "Anti-means Baptists" from their Antinomian tenets.
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
That he may become an Antinomian, or a Latitudinarian?
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
He was no Antinomian himself, but one can well believe that his teaching might easily be perverted to Antinomian purposes.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
He did not conceal his sympathy with those who suffered for entertaining Antinomian sentiments.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
It contained, mixed up with a great variety of useful remarks, a number of anti-scriptural and antinomian passages.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
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In poetry:

"Shrill Anabaptists, shorn of ears;
Gray witch-wives, hobbling slowly;
And Antinomians, free of law,
Whose very sins were holy.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And rise unharmed to light and air
Out of old death, once more to death
With antinomian deed and thought
The planet of thy slain despair—
"Dominium in Excelsis" by Clark Ashton Smith
Yea, hence springs Antinomian vile refuse,
Whose gross abettors gospel grace abuse:
Unskill'd how grace's silken latchet binds
Her captives to the law, with willing minds.
"The Believer's Espousals : Chapter V." by Ralph Erskine