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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.


the heretical tenets of Faustus Socinius, a 16th-century Italian theologian, denying the divinity of Christ, the existence of Satan, original sin, the atonement, and eternal punishment, and explaining sin and salva-tion in rationalistic terms. Cf. Racovianism. — Socinian, n., adj.
See also: Heresy
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The concept of pantheism itself sprang a year later, in Socinianism Truly Stated, by a pantheist (1705).
Writing history rather than theology allowed Southey to appear more orthodox than he was; Milner claimed that this was why the book failed to go beyond the reign of James 11 to cover Bishop Hoadley and Socinianism (126).
(14) For the most helpful discussion of Milton's relation to Socinianism, see Michael Lieb's chapter, "The Socinian Imperative," in his Theological Milton.
In relation to the General and Particular Baptists of the eighteenth century, Underwood says it was Arianism and Socinianism that precipitated the decline of the General Baptists and it was Antinomianism that precipitated the decline of the Particular Baptists.
But Smith chooses "The Chameleon" as his subtitle in order to emphasize the fluid and elusive nature of Marvell's political, religious, and literary identities, agreeing with von Maltzahn that Marvell had become a religious free-thinker by the time of his death in 1678, flirting with ideas like Socinianism that had interested his reverend father.
Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: The Challenges of Socinianism, by Sarah Mortimer.
an Epicureanism that ventures into the light only under the cover of Socinianism." HCR 72 [322].
Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: The Challenge of Socinianism. Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History.
From the censors' reports, it becomes clear that their main task was to condemn journals that regularly published attacks on the person and office of the papacy; curiously the tackling of atheism and Socinianism was not of primary importance.
But they will fail, as will all other heretical movements Edwards perceived to be threatening the purity of the Gospel: "There will be an end to Socinianism, and Arianism, and Quakerism, and Arminianism; and Deism, which is now so bold and confident in infidelity....
The place of Socinianism and the antitrinitarianism espoused by this sect has increasingly become the object of study, in part because it drew the most intense reaction from seventeenth-century authorities, including Cromwell.
Faustus Socinus (1539-1604), who gave his name to Socinianism, understood that abandoning the Trinity might look like adopting Islam; yet he stressed that believing (as he did) in the Son of God was unacceptable to Muslims.

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