adiaphorism

adiaphorism

[ad-ee-af-uh-riz-uhm]
noun
tolerance of actions or beliefs not specifically prohibited in the Scriptures; indifferentism.

Origin:
1865–70; adiaphor(ous) + -ism

adiaphorist, noun
adiaphoristic, adjective
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adiaphorism (ˌædɪˈæfəˌrɪzəm)
 
n
a Christian Protestant theological theory that certain rites and actions are matters of indifference in religion since not forbidden by the Scriptures
 
[C19: see adiaphorous]
 
adi'aphorist
 
n
 
adiapho'ristic
 
adj

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adiaphorism

(from Greek adiaphora, "indifferent"), in Christian theology, the opinion that certain doctrines or practices in morals or religion are matters of indifference because they are neither commanded nor forbidden in the Bible. Two adiaphorist controversies occurred in Germany after the Reformation.

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