Definition of Adoptionist in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdɒpʃ(ə)nɪst/


Christian Theology , chiefly historical
A person holding the view that Christ is the son of God by adoption only.
Example sentences
  • What made Jesus special, the Adoptionists believed, was that Jesus was more righteous than everyone else.
  • The Gnostics were another losing faction and the exact opposite, Christologically, of the Adoptionists.
  • Lastly, Nestorianism once more showed itself in the Adoptionists of Spain, and gave occasion to the great Council of Frankfort.
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