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An adherent of a 16th-century Italian sect holding unitarian views, including denial of the divinity of Jesus.
Of or relating to the Socinians or their doctrines.

[New Latin Sociniānus, after Laelius Socinus and Faustus Socinus.]

So·cin′i·an·ism n.


(Christian Churches, other) a supporter of the beliefs of Faustus and Laelius Socinus, who rejected such traditional Christian doctrines as the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, and original sin, and held that those who follow Christ's virtues will be granted salvation
(Christian Churches, other) of or relating to the Socinians or their beliefs
Soˈcinianˌism n


(soʊˈsɪn i ən)

1. any follower of Faustus and Laelius Socinus, who rejected the divinity of Christ, original sin, etc.
2. of or pertaining to the Socinians.
So•cin′i•an•ism, n.
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Noun1.Socinian - an adherent of the teachings of Socinus; a Christian who rejects the divinity of Christ and the Trinity and original sin; influenced the development of Unitarian theology
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He continues with a dig at the Socinian position, in terms that might as readily be applied to Milton scholars who wish to distance Milton from a belief which many of us find unethical, but to which Milton was committed: "It]hose who maintain that Christ sought death not in our place and for the sake of redemption, but only for our good and to set an example, try in vain to evade the evidence of these texts" (444, my emphasis).
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Although a constant presence in the early-modern age, Mortimer argues that Socinians have not received the scholarly attention they deserve and that "Socinianism needs to be integrated into the broader political and religious landscape of the period, for only then can the real importance of Socinian ideas be understood" (pp.
By 1802, even if the final conversion to Anglicanism is some years away, Coleridge writes to his brother that "the Socinian & Arian Hypotheses are utterly untenable" (CL 2:807), and asserts to John Prior Estlin that Christianity under "the Priestleyan Hypothesis" is void insofar as it denies original sin, redemption, grace and justification (CL 2:821).
This book delivers: 1) a summary of the historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity from the Patristic era to the present; 2) current appropriations of the doctrine with respect to both metaphysical and social relationality; 3) responses to classical objections to the Trinity, such as the Arian, the Socinian, and some feminists; 4) the bearing which the doctrine has on the Christian understanding of God and the nature of the church; and 5) the relation between the economic Trinity (God's life for us) and immanent Trinity (God's own life as such) and the role of the Trinity in divine agency.
Chapter 4, 'Faith', concerns Norris' uncompelling defense of orthodoxy during the Socinian Controversy initiated by the publication of John Toland's Lockean Christianity Not Mysterious (1696).
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Paradise Regained I 155 These words in the text attributed to the Creator are those which would be uttered by an Arian & Socinian A similar sentiment to [?
Until recently, Francis Lodwick (1619-1694) has largely been known to early modern scholars as phonetician and language-planner, but if one looks at his more obscure manuscripts, Lodwick emerges as "freethinker, pre-Adamite, Socinian, utopianist, alchemist, philosemite, supporter of divorce and usury, [and] avid reader of La Peyrere and Hierocles," according to Poole (Tutorial Fellow in English, New College, Oxford, UK), who here presents Lodwick's all but unknown short utopia A Country Not Named, chosen for publication because it draws together Lodwick's linguistic, social, and theological interests.
of someone like a John Locke, whose Socinian theology made him
Locke, the apostle of religious tolerance after the restoration of the Church and Crown in England, Scotland and Ireland, was in modern terms a liberal although in his own day he was denounced as a Socinian and heretic.
41) Strict Calvinists mounted an effective campaign to convince the king that Vorstius was a Socinian heretic and that by allowing his appointment the king himself partook in heresy.

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