Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In theology, the doctrine, held by Augustinians and by many Calvinists, that God planned the creation, permitted the fall, elected a chosen number, planned their redemption, and suffered the remainder to be eternally punished. The Sublapsarians believe that God did not permit but foresaw the fall, while the Supralapsarians hold that God not only permitted but decreed it.
- n. theology A doctrine held by certain Calvinists holding that, while the fall of man was inevitable, the identities of the elect and the reprobate were not known until after the fall.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Theor.) The doctrine, belief, or principles of the Infralapsarians.
“Theologically this position is known as "infralapsarianism.”
“By contrast, Calvin taught that God permitted the fall, not that He foreordained it—i.e., infralapsarianism.”
“And there are still others -- whether it is infralapsarianism or supralapsarianism or neither that is the truth, whether Christ died for everyone or only for the elect, just what and when the millennium will be -- on which scriptural teaching is less plain yet.”
“Having gone thus far, Van Os proceeded to deny a form of infralapsarianism, which was termed "justification from eternity.”
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