from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who holds the doctrine of adoptionism. Also written
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect which maintained that Christ was the Son of God not by nature but by adoption.
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- noun Christianity One who believes in or supports
- noun uncommon One who supports
- adjective Of or pertaining
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There have been interesting articles written by Reginald Fuller, Francis Watson, and Charles Talbert on this seemingly "adoptionist" way of understanding John's Christology.
To this layman, April seems to be distinguishing between adoptionist gospels and the non-adoptionist John.
Daniel, I'm not sure if I followed your point about dualism, but the Jewish Christians who produced the Pseudo-Clementine literature had a high but not Nicene Christology that was adoptionist and viewed Jesus as the legitimate son of Joseph - there's a lot of intriguing family resemblance between their views and the Gospel of John.
These words were taken in the sense that Jesus was then re-born of the Spirit an adoptive Son of God and Messiah; and with this reading is bound up the entire adoptionist school of Christology.
Paul of Samosata - Bishop of Antioch, adoptionist, condemned at 269
What do you think of the adoptionist view of Jesus's divinity?
n. - doctrine that Christ was Son of God by adoption and not birth. adoptionist, adosculation