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Docetism Line breaks: Do¦cet|ism
Pronunciation: /dəˈsiːtɪz(ə)m/

Definition of Docetism in English:


[mass noun]
The doctrine, important in Gnosticism, that Christ’s body was not human but either a phantasm or of real but celestial substance, and that therefore his sufferings were only apparent.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, this latter focus is an indispensable safeguard against the oldest and most enduring Christological heresy, Docetism: a Jesus removed from the travails of the flesh and the tragedies of history.
  • Try explaining the soteriological danger of Docetism to your pewmate this Sunday and you'll see what I mean.
  • Rome is more likely to inquire into the orthodoxy of theologians who work with a Christology from below than into the possible Docetism of theologians who follow a Christology from above.


Example sentences
  • The Docetists and their immoral practices are everywhere, honeycombing and corrupting the churches.
  • Salvation, according to Docetists is a matter of coming to know the gnosis, the higher truth.
  • Once you see that creation is not innately evil, then the other issue for Docetists is no longer a problem.


Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin Docetae (the name, based on Greek dokein 'seem', given to a group of 2nd-century Christian heretics) + -ism.

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