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  • Susannah Jane Macready (Independent Scholar - Australia)

Historical Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

“Antinomianism” (from “anti-”, “against” and “nomos”, “law”) is the name given in Christian theology to the heresy countered by Paul in the sixth chapter of his letter to the Romans. In its strongest form, antinomianism affirms that because Christ has died for the sins of believers, they are no longer obliged to keep the moral law. In practice, those who have been designated “antinomians” did not generally hold the doctrine in this extreme form, whatever their detractors may have said about the corollaries of their teaching. Rather, they were taking to an extreme a reformed theology which emphasised the impossibility of salvation by keeping the law, or they saw themselves as countering …

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Macready, Susannah Jane. "Antinomianism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 August 2008
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