Share this entry

Share this page

Adoptionist

Syllabification: A·dop·tion·ist
Pronunciation: /əˈdäpSH(ə)nəst
 
/

Definition of Adoptionist in English:

noun

Christian Theology , chiefly historical
A person holding the view that Jesus 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.

Derivatives

Adoptionism

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is doubtful that their Adoptionism was derived from the Bonosians, who were biblical unitarians.
  • The historical record of Adoptionism in Spain is relatively short, lasting only a few decades and beginning in the 780's.
  • This, the original form of Adoptionism, asserts a double sonship in Christ: one by generation and nature, and the other by adoption and grace.

Definition of Adoptionist in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈemyələs
adjective
seeking to emulate or imitate someone or something