In Christianity, Psilanthropism or Socinianism is a Christological view that believes Jesus was merely human.

The expression "merely human" can refer either to Jesus' substance (nothing more than a man) or to his existence in time (no existence prior to his becoming a man), or both.

The presumed etymology of "psilanthropism" stems from the Greek "psilo" (merely, only) and "anthropos" (man, human being).

Psilanthropism was rejected by the ecumenical councils, especially in the First Council of Nicaea, which was convened to deal directly with this.

ee also

*Nicene Creed
*Holy Trinity

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Psilanthropism — Psi*lan thro*pism, n. Psilanthropy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • psilanthropism — the teaching that Jesus was entirely human, c.1810, from Gk. psilanthropos merely human, from psilos naked, bare, mere + anthropos man (see ANTHROPO (Cf. anthropo )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • psilanthropism — psilanthropic /suy leuhn throp ik/, adj. psilanthropist, n. /suy lan threuh piz euhm/, n. the doctrine that Jesus Christ was only a human being. Also, psilanthropy. [1800 10; < Gk psilánthrop(os) merely human (psil(ós) mere + ánthrop(os) man + os …   Universalium

  • psilanthropism — denial of Christ s divinity Ecclesiastical Terms Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • psilanthropism — psil·an·thro·pism …   English syllables

  • psilanthropism —  Псилантропизм …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • psilanthropism — The belief that Jesus was not a God, but a man …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • psilanthropism — sīˈlan(t)thrəˌpizəm noun ( s) Etymology: Late Greek psilanthrōpos + English ism : psilanthropy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Virgin birth of Jesus — The Annunciation, by Guido Reni, 1621 The virgin birth of Jesus is a tenet of Christianity and Islam which holds that Mary miraculously conceived Jesus while remaining a virgin. The term virgin birth is commonly used, rather than virgin… …   Wikipedia

  • Adoptionism — Francesco Albani s The Baptism of Christ, when Jesus became one with God according to Adoptionism Adoptionism, sometimes called dynamic monarchianism, is a minority Christian belief that Jesus was adopted as God s son (Son of God) at his baptism …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.