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.
The authoritative Oxford English Dictionary definition of "antinomian
" is "one who maintains that the moral law is not binding upon Christians, under the 'law of grace.'" It is not simply that antinomians
wish to put particular emphasis on the fact that works cannot save, that adherence to the "moral law" governing action does not lead to salvation; rather, they argue that the law--as external constraint on behavior--is superseded in favor of guidance by Christ.
And yet, Freeman gives a compelling reading, tying Blake's roots to the Baptists, as well as the Ranters, Antinomians
, and Muggletonians--so that his quirkiness and apparent heterodoxy actually fit in the dissenter fringe culture quite well.
Kanye Moody, MD, Outer MVTV medical journalist: "Last month my colleague Nima Amin visited this exact store, querying Antinomians
about the impact of the recently enacted Repeal and Exemption of Advertising Policies, or REAP Law, upon their buying habits.
Three out of the four chapters outline the religio-political activism of women belonging to the multi-faceted world of radical and independent currents (Diggers, Levellers, Baptists, Fifth Monarchists, Quakers, Unitarians, Antinomians
, Anglo-Dutch Millenarians) who looked ahead to projects of pan-protestant struggle, showing us "women and (intermittently) feminized men as the shapers and bearers of an oppositional public culture that begins in private spheres of textual dialogue but imparts a complex transnational constellation of Catholic and Anglican publics and sectarian counterpublics" (191).
The final two essays, Pooley's "Bunyan and the Antinomians
" and Sharon Achinstein's "John Bunyan and the Politics of Remembrance," are among the most interesting and least controversial of the book.
excoriated the misfit between grace and pain.
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.
Teguder was actually more involved with Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman, who could be classified as somewhere in between the antinomians
and the institutional Sufis.
At their worst, freed today from moral and religious "core beliefs," they become antinomians