- 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.
- Roman Catholic Church. an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity.
Origin of Docetism
Examples from the Web for docetism
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.History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)
Nevertheless, the author carefully avoids the extremes of Docetism or ditheism.The Unseen World and Other Essays
- (in the early Christian Church) a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real
Word Origin and History for docetism
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).