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noun - plural:

  • adoptionism: adoptionisms
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  1. [Christianity] A form of Christian essentially maintaining that Jesus is divine only in the sense that God the Father adopted him, either at Jesus' birth, or at his death, as opposed to the orthodox understanding of the nature of the Trinity.


Adoptionism, sometimes called dynamic monarchianism, is a minority Christian belief that Jesus was adopted as God's Son either at his baptism, his resurrection, or his ascension. According to Epiphanius's account of the Ebionites, the group believed that Jesus was chosen because of his sinless devotion to the will of God.

  • also known as 嗣子說

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Google previewThe One Christ (1907)

An Enquiry Into the Manner of the Incarnation by Frank Weston

Adoptionism is a reappearance of this view .... 86 Felix of Urgellis 86 One true thought behind much that is unthinkable . 87 3. Monothelites who aimed at a theory of a composite will in the Christ 88 These views based on three chief postulates ...

Google previewThe Cruelty of Heresy (1994)

An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy by C. FitzSimons Allison

As Docetism is a religion of escape and not of fulfillment, so Adoptionism is a religion of control, not of redemption. Another notoriously difficult text ...

Google previewThe Gospel According to Superheroes (2005)

Religion and Pop Culture by B. J. Oropeza

then this messiah needs to be understood along adoptionist lines: Adoptionism is an early Christian viewpoint, eventually declared ...

Google previewThe Long Evolution of Brains and Minds (2013)

by Gerhard Roth

One useful concept for correcting pan—adoptionism is that of “satisfycing.” This term (a combination of “satisfy” with “suffice”) was introduced by the psychologist Herbert A. Simon in 1956 in the context of decision making (Simon 1956).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Early Christianity, Second Edition (2013)

by Everett Ferguson

Adoptionism. Term used by historians of doctrine, alongside...

Although Adoptionism wasneverapossible choice forany theologian from subapostolic times onward, all wereforced bythe Bible and byliturgy toattend to the Jesus who is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Catholicism (2006)

by Frank K. Flinn

K 6 adoptionism Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with serpent on tree. Engraving by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). The hare, cat, ox, and elk symbolize the four tempers (sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholic), which were in ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (2015)

by Eric Orlin

Adoptionism is a Christian heresy involving the belief that Jesus became divine...

Google previewThe Popular Encyclopedia of Church History (2013)

The People, Places, and Events That Shaped Christianity by Edward E. Hindson, Daniel R. Mitchell

ADOPTIONISM Adoptionisrn names a problematic attempt to ...

Google previewThe Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology (1983)

by Alan Richardson, John Bowden

RUPERT DAVIES Adoptionism Adoptionism is a term that has come to be used with a very wide application for any christology* which implies that the man Jesus was 'adopted' as son by God. It is often treated as the earliest form of christ- ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne

Adoptionism, in a broad sense, a christological theory according to which Christ, as man, is the adoptive Son of God; the precise import of the word varies with the successive stages and exponents of the theory.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Radical Christianity (2012)

by William H. Brackney

ADOPTIONISM (T). An eighth-century theological movement that taught that Jesus Christ is the Son of God by adoption. It is believed that the position started with the writing of Migetus of Spain, about whom nothing is known, who taught that ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Saints (2001)

by Rosemary Guiley

Adoptionism A heresy that held that Christ was a man and was the Son of God only by adoption. The heresy arose toward the end of the eighth century in Spain, where Islam and the Nestorian heresy had found support. Its chief proponent was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Religions (2008)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

p-sh'-0ni-z'm\, either of two Christian heresies: one, developed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, is also known as Dynamic MONARCHIANISM and came to be called Adoptionism only in modern times; the other began in the 8th century in ...

Google previewThe HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism (1995)

by Richard P. McBrien

Adoptionism, eighth-century doctrine first condemned by Pope Adrian in 794 because of its proclamation of a dual sonship of Christ, one natural, the other adopted. Though its origins go back to the writings of Paul of Samosata, Adoptionism ...

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