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adiaphorism

[ad-ee-af-uh-riz-uh m] /ˌæd iˈæf əˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
tolerance of actions or beliefs not specifically prohibited in the Scriptures; indifferentism.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; adiaphor(ous) + -ism
Related forms
adiaphorist, noun
adiaphoristic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for adiaphorism

adiaphorism

/ˌædɪˈæfəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
a Christian Protestant theological theory that certain rites and actions are matters of indifference in religion since not forbidden by the Scriptures
Derived Forms
adiaphorist, noun
adiaphoristic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: see adiaphorous
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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