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adoptionism

(əˈdɒpʃənɪzəm)
n
an early Greek theology that Jesus was a man gifted with divine powersthe later belief (from the 8th century) that Jesus was only the adopted, not true, son of God

adoptionism

the 8th-century heretical doctrine that Christ in His human nature was the son of God only by adoption; that in His spiritual nature, however, He was truly God’s son. Also adoptianism. — adoptionist, n., adj.
See also: Christ
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This is known as adoptionism. class="MsoNormalSt Augustine, the African theologian born in Tagaste, Numidia, (in present-day Algeria) expounds on the incarnation by professing that when Justice looked down from heaven, Truth sprang from the earth.
Williams, State Courts Adopting Federal Constitutional Doctrine: Case-by-Case Adoptionism or Prospective Lockstepping?, 46 Wm.
While it has issued broader state protections in a few cases, the tendency of the court has been a policy of "unreflective adoptionism" of, or lockstep with, U.S.
If the baptism of Jesus is to be taken as a model of the eternal relationship of the Son to both the Father and the Holy Spirit it [this approach] raises the specter of adoptionism once again, a specter that is only reinforced if there is then some connection between the Spirit's descent on him and the Spirit indwelling in us.
Among his topics are the legacy of Bede, Spanish adoptionism and the Frankish reaction, the Tours scriptorium, The Old and New Testaments; cultivating prayer, theology for the laity, and the poet and his friends.
In that theology there were two major Christologies: adoptionism and modalism.
He sometimes depicted Jesus' glorification so vividly that this act seemed to make him divine, as in Adoptionism. (38) For instance: "through his exaltation Christ's body and flesh entered the divine clarity and became fully God." (39)
Sabellianism, Adoptionism, Modalism, Arianism) had loomed the inconceivability of assigning the Son the same godly nature and status as held by the Father.
De Wolfe wants us to "look beyond" the Church's confession and see that there was a time when Jesus "began to be God's Son." This sounds like adoptionism to me.
However, as Carl Beckwith has shown, Hilary came from a Latin theological heritage that had a long tradition of opposing various modalisms, especially the kind of adoptionism later represented by Photinus: see "Photinian Opponents in Hilary of Poitiers' Commentarium in Matthaeum," Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58:3 (2007, forthcoming).
While 16th-century Anabaptist thinking ranges widely from Unitarianism to adoptionism, F.
While giving attention to wider currents of thought on the passion expressed in both literature and the liturgy, she focuses on the writings against image worship and Spanish adoptionism to provide new ways of viewing the crucifixion and the cross images in the Gellone Sacramentary and Hrabanus Maurus's In honorem sanctae crucis, and on the literature of the controversies over double predestination and the body of Christ in the Eucharist to offer new interpretations of crucifixion images in the Utrecht Psalter, the Drogo Sacramentary, and on the ivory cover of the Pericopes of Henry II.