Definition of Adoptionist in English:

Adoptionist

noun

Christian Theology
historical
  • A person holding the view that Christ is the son of God by adoption only.

    • ‘The Gnostics were another losing faction and the exact opposite, Christologically, of the Adoptionists.’
    • ‘What made Jesus special, the Adoptionists believed, was that Jesus was more righteous than everyone else.’
    • ‘While Adoptionists believed Jesus to be totally human and not divine, Marcionites believed him to be totally divine and not human.’
    • ‘In more recent times the Jesuit Vasquez, and the Lutheran divines G. Calixtus and Walch, have defended the Adoptionists as essentially orthodox.’
    • ‘Lastly, Nestorianism once more showed itself in the Adoptionists of Spain, and gave occasion to the great Council of Frankfort.’

Pronunciation:

Adoptionist

/əˈdɒpʃ(ə)nɪst/