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Docetism

[doh-see-tiz-uh m, doh-si-tiz-]
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noun
  1. an early Christian doctrine that the sufferings of Christ were apparent and not real and that after the crucifixion he appeared in a spiritual body.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity.
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Origin of Docetism

First recorded in 1840–50; Docet(ae) + -ism
Related formsDo·ce·tic, adjectiveDo·ce·tist, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • A curious and far-off echo of early Docetism which also in its own way reduced Christ's suffering to a simple seeming to suffer.

    Modern Religious Cults and Movements

    Gaius Glenn Atkins

  • As compared with this, Docetism in Origen's case appears throughout in a weakened form; see Bigg, p. 191.

  • Nevertheless, the author carefully avoids the extremes of Docetism or ditheism.


British Dictionary definitions for docetism

Docetism

noun
  1. (in the early Christian Church) a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real
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Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin Docētae, from Greek Dokētai, from dokein to seem
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Word Origin and History for docetism

Docetism

n.

1846, heresy of the Docetae, who held that the body of Jesus was a phantom, from Greek Doketai, name of the sect, literally "believers," from dokein "to seem, have the appearance of, think," related to doxa (see decent).

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