Definitions

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

  • n. 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.
  • n. The belief that moral laws are relative in meaning and application as opposed to fixed or universal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. opposition to the Torah.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tenets or practice of Antinomians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tenets of the antinomians.

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

  • n. the theological doctrine that by faith and God's grace a Christian is freed from all laws (including the moral standards of the culture)

Etymologies

From antinomian +‎ -ism, coined by Martin Luther, notably used in his Against the Antinomians (1539). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Perhaps you are right that antinomianism is not the best word, but then what would you suggest is a better one?

    Matthew Yglesias » Books-a-Million

  • Since its antinomianism is so restricted and its lust for blood is minimal, however, it is not an especially dangerous (or effective) one.

    The truth about left and right « Isegoria

  • As for antinomianism, that isn't my intention, more that I want to reduce the law any law away from being an absolute.

    Quote of the Day (Eric Reitan)

  • Dositheus is said to have opposed antinomianism, that is, the rejection of Old

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • That Bruno himself, in "the enthusiasm of the idea," drew from his axiom of the "indifference of contraries" the practical consequence which is in very deed latent there, that he was ready to sacrifice to the antinomianism, which is certainly a part of its rigid logic, the austerities, the purity of his own youth, for instance, there is no proof.

    Gaston de Latour; an unfinished romance

  • That Bruno himself, in "the enthusiasm of the idea," drew from his axiom of the "indifference of contraries" the practical consequence which is in very deed latent there, that he was ready to sacrifice to the antinomianism, which is certainly a part of its rigid logic, the purities of his youth for instance, there is no proof.

    Giordano Bruno

  • This doctrine is known as antinomianism, the doctrine that the Elect are free of all constraint by laws.

    One Stop Thought Shop

  • (Much of what happens in modern universities, of course, has more to do with the furthering of hipster nihilism and antinomianism then with the actual life of the mind, but that is a problem that affects private universities at least as much as public ones.)

    Matthew Yglesias » Culture and Size and Scope of Government

  • When you say his works, you mean his life, and when you say “antinomianism” you are like Humpty:

    Matthew Yglesias » Books-a-Million

  • While you are correct about the original theologicial meaning of antinomianism, its use in common parlance today has broadened and become more generalised.

    Matthew Yglesias » Books-a-Million

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