n.1.(Eccl. Hist.) One of the German Protestants who, with Melanchthon, held some opinions and ceremonies to be indifferent or nonessential, which Luther condemned as sinful or heretical.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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From the Greek adiaphoros, meaning "making no difference, inconsequential," an adiaphorist was a pragmatic Reformer who believed that certain practices condemned by Luther--such as the vestments worn by clergy in church--were irrelevant.
It is refreshing to be told of the "moderation and pragmatism" of the Zurich tradition (24), and Euler makes an intriguing case for Zwingli's and Bullinger's writings as a possible source for the adiaphorist tradition in English Protestant theology.
Although he was no fencesitting "Adiaphorist", he defended his claim that the occasion demanded direges and plaintive ditties, rather than "Satyres and invective speeches".
Papists, Interimists, and Adiaphorists saw history, legends, or arguments from history or tradition as equal if not superior to the authority of the Bible.