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Sadduceeism, Sadducism

the beliefs and practices of an ancient Jewish sect made up largely of the priestly aristocracy and opposing the Pharisees in both political and doctrinal matters, especially literal and less legalistic interpretation of the Jewish law, rejection of the rabbinical and prophetic traditions, and denying immortality, retribution in a future life, and the existence of angels. Cf. Phariseeism. — Sadducee, n. — Sadducean, adj.
See also: Judaism
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Yet it is clear that Glanvill was so persistent because of the prevalence of sadducism -- disbelief in supernatural forces in the world -- in Restoration society and particularly among the `scoffers' of the court and the coffee houses.
In her 1637 ecclesiastical trial, for example, Anne Hutchinson is accused of Sadducism; Cotton Mather uses the term repeatedly in his treatment of witchcraft in the Magnalia Christi Americana.
(5.) Joseph Glanvill, A Blow at Modern Sadducism in some