antilegomena


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antilegomena

(ˌæntɪlɛˈɡɒmɪnə)
pl n
the books of the New Testament which have been excluded from the canon of Scripture
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Within the historical process of canon-formation, some works initially deemed antilegomena (that is, disputed though not entirely rejected as authoritative) were ultimately canonized, some others declared apocryphal, and the rest excluded, though exclusion from the Catholic Canon never in itself meant that such works could not profitably be read by the faithful; it has, however, meant that such works should be read only in certain ways--for education in charity, say, and not for authoritative and "safe" (that is, "saving") doctrine.