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1. Christianity A proponent of the doctrine of antinomianism.
2. One who denies the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law.
1. Christianity Of or relating to the doctrine of antinomianism.
2. Opposed to or denying the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law: "By raising segregation and racial persecution to the ethical level of law, it puts into practice the antinomian rules of Orwell's world. Evil becomes good, inhumanity is interpreted as charity, egoism as compassion" (Elie Wiesel).

[From Medieval Latin Antinomī, antinomians, pl. of antinomus, opposed to the moral law : Greek anti-, anti- + Greek nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]


(Theology) relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
ˌantiˈnomianism n


(ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən)

a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace and faith.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī), pl. of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law (< Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian]
an`ti•no′mi•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antinomian - a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.antinomian - relating to or influenced by antinomianism
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It might be that an Antinomian, a Quaker, or other heterodox religionist, was to be scourged out of the town, or an idle or vagrant Indian, whom the white man's firewater had made riotous about the streets, was to be driven with stripes into the shadow of the forest.
The sermon, as might be expected, was of the extremest antinomian type; on justification by faith, as expounded in the theology of St Paul.
That is antinomian or hypernomian, and judges law as well as fact.
Como's antinomians "emerged" from a "deep internal fissure" that opened up within puritanism in consequence of a Pauline legacy of unresolved tensions and contradictions concerning the persistence and remit of the Mosaic Law (131).
5) Wright argued that debates about the issue of grace did not define the theological outlook of Lambe's Bell Alley Church at this early date, but rather those disputes took place within that congregation that seems to have combined both free-willers and high-Calvinist antinomians.
With its framework of familists, antinomians, bishops, papists, Arminians, Antichrist, Jesuits, Spanish designs, and the devastation of Germany, it was clearly about the religious tensions tearing Europe apart and fraying the English godly community itself.
David Como and Peter Lake, "Orthodoxy and its Discontents: Dispute Settlement and the Production of `Consensus' in the London (Puritan) Underground," Journal of British History 39 (2000): 34-70; idem, "Puritans, Antinomians and Laudians in Caroline London: The Strange Case of Peter Shaw in Contexts," Journal of Ecclesiastical History (forthcoming).
reveals his antinomians and Puritans to have been closely bound: they were of the same families, inter-married, endured the same sermons, and prayed together, fought for the souls of the same flock, and debated each other savagely over questions of theology and godly conduct.
Contributors take on such topics as Bunyan's political progress, his retreat from the violent and political, his politics as a young man, and his perceptions of authority and the politics of sexuality, as in the roles of women in his life and work, his perception of the Puritan self, his sexual wordplay, his relations with the antinomians and their thought, and his place in the politics of remembrance and trauma.
At their worst, freed today from moral and religious "core beliefs," they become antinomians.
The Engagement Between the King and the Scots (1647), for example, called for the suppression of all "Anti-Trinitarians, Anabaptists, Antinomians, Arminians, Familists, Brownists, Separatists, Independents, Libertines, and Seekers," as well as "all blasphemy, heresy, schism, and all such scandalous doctrines and practices as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity.
The final chapter of the book handles this especially well, revealing how a left-bank-of-mainstreamer like Henry Burton could manage to make his own ears the meat in a theological sandwich as he simultaneously attacked both Laudians and antinomians.