Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to supralapsarianism.
- n. One who believes in supralapsarianism.
- n. A follower of supralapsarianism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of that class of Calvinists who believed that God's decree of election determined that man should fall, in order that the opportunity might be furnished of securing the redemption of a part of the race, the decree of salvation being conceived of as formed
beforeor beyond, and not afteror following, the lapse, or fall. Cf. infralapsarian.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Supralapsarians, or their doctrine.
“In some den of an apartment I will no doubt find the cockroach of enlightenment, a supralapsarian dispensationalist with whom I will share a love of Yeats and Brahms, and we will debate in sonorous and unending Spanish sentences of desultory, copious punctuation.”
“I want to mention another crack at the problem, also endorsing the supralapsarian position, by the distinguished Calvinist philosopher Alvin Plantinga.”
“At the Synod of Dort 1618-1619, which rejected Arminianism, infralapsarians were in the majority, but the Arminians tried to depict all the Calvinists as proponents of the “repulsive” supralapsarian doctrine.”
“Had he felt the need of an implicit faith amid the welter of sectarianism and the jargon of its turbulent schisms, six principle men, peculiar people, seed and snake baptists, supralapsarian dogmatists?”
“It is rare to find these days a supralapsarian walking the streets where the intelligentsia live.”
“The supralapsarian holds a more heroic and a more logical view of the matter.”
“Noel Annan's description of Muggeridge as a supralapsarian and his disparagement of the Synod of Dort made a nice introduction [NYR, June 10], but the proper distinctions must still be observed.”
“The rigorists consequently rejected this modification too, advancing an argument labeled supralapsarian.”
“At the present day it is probably safe to say that not more than one Calvinist in a hundred holds the supralapsarian view.”
“There is, of course, mystery in connection with either system; but the supralapsarian system seems to pass beyond mystery and into contradiction.”
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