Several New Testament texts deal with it, and Christians--at least Paul's ideal Christians--ultimately championed the view that circumcision was among the adiaphora
for Gentiles: it made "no difference.
Indeed, the reformer not only expounds upon the necessity of human delight in the goodness of God, (39) but also offers extended reflection on the freedom of human conscience from things adiaphora
, things "indifferent," that bear no relation to the soul or its salvation.
9) Lutherans, on the other hand, could find no scriptural warrant for the rite of confirmation, so it was quickly relegated to the category of adiaphora
The strong sense of adiaphora
, which Braaten does apply to certain well-considered conclusions, is allowed no place in relation to the litmus test issues to which he reacts so strongly.
Theirs was not a personal quarrel leading to distinction through organization, with religious differences trailing behind as so much adiaphora
Participants called for an evaluation and development of criteria to identify those doctrinal issues that constitute adiaphora
, or elements that are not essential to the basic core identity of what it means to be Christian and the church of Jesus Christ.
The late Bishop of Bangor and Liberal churchman Tony Crockett used the word adiaphora
to denote this issue.
Perhaps even a transparent doctrine of adiaphora
, or "things different"?
His nearly cheerful treatment of the issue as indifferent, as adiaphora
, sounds methodologically close to Erasmus in the early sixteenth century, who, while uncertain as to the apostolic validity of the doctrine, diplomatically accepted the literal descent, telling his catechumen to treat the notion as a matter of "pious human reflections" rather than an article of faith.
To say that much, synod would have needed a motion to positively identify same-sex blessings as a matter of adiaphora
(doctrines about which it is possible to differ without breaking communion).
, on which men can reasonably disagree--color of vestments,
In endorsing adiaphora
, or "things indifferent," Spenser challenges ethical absolutes and encourages religious toleration.