Definition of Adoptionist in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdäpSH(ə)nəst/


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.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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.
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