Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An adherent of antinomianism.
  • adj. Of or relating to the doctrine of antinomianism.
  • adj. Opposed to or denying the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law: "By raising segregation and racial persecution to the ethical level of law, it puts into practice the antinomian rules of Orwell's world. Evil becomes good, inhumanity is interpreted as charity, egoism as compassion” ( Elie Wiesel).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who embraces antinomianism (in Christianity: a religious movement which believes that only the spiritual 'law of Faith' (Romans 3:27) is essential for salvation; and which is 'against' all other practical 'laws' being taught as being essential for salvation; and refering to them as legalism).
  • adj. Of or pertaining to antinomianism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Antinomians; opposed to the doctrine that the moral law is obligatory.
  • n. One who maintains that, under the gospel dispensation, the moral law is of no use or obligation, but that faith alone is necessary to salvation. The sect of Antinomians originated with John Agricola, in Germany, about the year 1535.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Denying the obligatoriness of the moral law, as if emancipated from it by the gospel.
  • Of or pertaining to the antinomians.
  • n. In theology, one who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law as set forth in the Old Testament by the new dispensation of grace as set forth in the gospel; an opponent of legalism in morals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
  • adj. relating to or influenced by antinomianism

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin Antinomī, antinomians, pl. of antinomus, opposed to the moral law : Greek anti-, anti- + Greek nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti, "against") + νόμος (nomos, "custom, law"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An antinomian is anyone who seeks, consciously or unconsciously, to disrupt or destroy the nomos.

    The truth about left and right « Isegoria

  • Mencius Moldbug reveals the truth about left and right — or, as he refers to them, pronomian and antinomian, meaning for or against the formal promises — property rights and contracts — already in place in a society:

    The truth about left and right « Isegoria

  • It should be noted that radical love is not about abolishing all rules or justifying an antinomian existence, sexual or otherwise.

    Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.: Radical Love: Why Christianity Is A Queer Religion

  • The history of the original Christian church of 135 C.E. was indisputably antinomian, and even viciously misojudaic (see Oxford historian James Parkes, The Conflict of the Church and the Synagogue).

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • In typical supersessionist and displacement Christian tradition, Christians thoughtlessly presume the prefix "Judeo -" to lay false claim to Judaism (Torah) by means of an impossible union of "Judeo -" (pro-Torah) with "Christian" (supersessionist and displacement antinomian = anti-Torah = misojudaism).

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • It is clear from Ms. Hasting's account that, despite his polished manners, he was a man profoundly antinomian in his beliefs and in certain aspects of his life.

    Read More Than Respected

  • Where the pronomian simply wants to replace the management, reorganize the staff, and discard the inscrutable volumes of precedent that have absconded with the name of law, the antinomian wants to destroy power structures that he conceives as illegitimate.

    The present state of affairs is unsatisfactory « Isegoria

  • Mencius Moldbug notes that the most common species of antinomian — his term for Leftist — is the simple anarchist:

    The Simple Anarchist « Isegoria

  • The earliest (post-135 C.E.) true Christians were viciously antinomian (ANTI-Torah), claiming to supersede and displace Torah, Judaism and (spiritual) Israel and Jews.

    The Problem With Publishing On The Historical Jesus

  • At the same time, however, there is evidence to suggest that the discipline of sexual abstinence was broken intermittently by orgiastic ceremonies conducted at precisely those times — the holiest days on the Jewish calendar — at which the Sabbateans had traditionally engaged in antinomian activity.

    Sabbateanism.

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  • JM wonders what it is that the antinomians among us get up to at this time of year.

    December 22, 2010

  • One believing that belief in Christ frees someone from normal legal and moral obligations. This sounds handy.

    May 16, 2008