Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who attempts to blend incongruous tenets, or doctrines of different schools or churches, into a system.
- n. Specifically— A follower of Calixtus (1586–1656), a Lutheran divine, and professor of theology at Helmstedt, who endeavored to frame a religious system which should unite the different Christian denominations, Protestant and Catholic.
- n. One of a school, in the sixteenth century, which attempted to mediate between the Platonic and Aristotelian philosophies. Also used attributively: as, a syncretist religious system.
- n. One who attempts syncretism, the fusion of different systems or beliefs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) One who attempts to unite principles or parties which are irreconcilably at variance an adherent of George Calixtus and other Germans of the seventeenth century, who sought to unite or reconcile the Protestant sects with each other and with the Roman Catholics, and thus occasioned a long and violent controversy in the Lutheran church.
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