American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The belief that all religions are of equal validity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Systematic indifference; avoidance of choice or preference; specifically, the principle that differences of religious belief are essentially unimportant; adiaphorism.
- n. In metaphysics, the doctrine of absolute identity; the doctrine that to be in idea or thought and to exist are one and the same thing. See absolute identity, under absolute.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. State of indifference; lack of interest or earnestness; especially, a systematic apathy regarding what is true or false in religion or philosophy; agnosticism.
- n. (Metaph.) Same as Identism.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) A heresy consisting in an unconcern for any particular creed, provided the morals be right and good.
“Indifferentism is to be distinguished from political indifferentism, which is applied to the policy of a state that treats all the religions within its borders as being on an equal footing before the law of the country.”
“The transference of this destructive scepticism to the domain of religion breeds religious indifferentism, which is no less unreasonable and immoral, since it also sins against the sacredness of truth.”
“Rigorism and laxism have each had their adherents; in this age of relativism and its religious correlate, "indifferentism," 2 seems to have many adherents among Catholics.”
“It arose rather from the relaxation of dogmatic belief, the latitudinarianism, the indifferentism which is a notable sign of those times, and which infected Catholics as well as Protestants throughout Europe.”
“And do you, -- (for I am still addressing myself to the younger men,) -- learn to put away from your souls that vile indifferentism which is becoming the curse of this shallow and unlearned age.”
“Partly, because of the indifferentism which is everywhere so prevalent.”
“It is this silence - 'indifferentism' as Ambedkar had prophetically termed the caste Hindu / liberal attitude to anti-caste concerns - that continues to echo for Badhal … When only Dalits are forced to bear the burden of articulating Dalit issues they are dubbed sectarian; the casual betrayal of Dalits by the rest of society passes for secularism.”
“The quasi-Aristotelean, empiricist moral "indifferentism" of Paolo Sarpi, as identified in an applied form by Adam Smith in his A.D.”
“indifferentism" of the imperial Government, and forbade the faithful of those provinces to take the oath of allegiance to Napoleon or accept any offices from him.”
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