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1. Christianity A proponent of the doctrine of antinomianism.
2. One who denies the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law.
1. Christianity Of or relating to the doctrine of antinomianism.
2. Opposed to or denying the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law: "By raising segregation and racial persecution to the ethical level of law, it puts into practice the antinomian rules of Orwell's world. Evil becomes good, inhumanity is interpreted as charity, egoism as compassion" (Elie Wiesel).

[From Medieval Latin Antinomī, antinomians, pl. of antinomus, opposed to the moral law : Greek anti-, anti- + Greek nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]


(Theology) relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
ˌantiˈnomianism n


(ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən)

a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace and faith.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī), pl. of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law (< Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian]
an`ti•no′mi•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antinomian - a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.antinomian - relating to or influenced by antinomianism
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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.
Abram Van Engen moves through, most notably, John Winthrop's Model of Christian Charity, the material collected by David Hall in The Antinomian Controversy 1636-1638: A Documentary History, Anne Bradstreet's "Dialogue between Old England and New," William Hooke's New Englands Teares for Old England's Feares, the "Eliot Tracts" produced to support Native American missions, Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative, and the records of the Salem witch trials.
Not least of the many facts this thesis can't explain is the periodic reawakening of America's individualistic, antinomian, Biblical religious impulse, often when least expected.
He discovers that one of Hutchinson's partners who was banned for heresy with her during the Antinomian Controversy was a prominent minister, the reverend John Wheelwright, who was Ebenezer's great-great-great-great grandfather.
The last time politics came close to this was at the height of the antinomian rebellions of the 1960s, a moment when issues like Vietnam in the USA or the legacy of Nazism in Germany rendered suspect the views of practically anyone born before the 1940s.
As long as the church is antinomian, and apostate, it doesn't matter who is president.
They also trace for the antinomian elements of redemption which appear in "Critique of Violence" (1921) (133-34).
dependency in America; political ignorance in America; in defense of difficulty; we live in the age of feelings; how colleges create the oexpectation of confirmationo; the new antinomian attitude.
The "motley crew" of Chapter 5 includes the multi-ethnic sailors, slaves, labourers, dockers, fugitives, and others who made their own contribution to the abolitionist movement and to the American Revolution, even as their antinomian egalitarianism and rowdy resistance was severely contained and deflected by the fathers of the republic.
In the post-Reformation seventeenth century, independent religious quests gave rise to new religious groups such as Ranters, Fifth Monarchists, Philadelphians, and many other antinomian groups.