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  Adiaphora, Adiaphorists
The Gnesio - Lutherans, led by Nicholas von Amsdorf and Matthias Flacius, objected to the presuppositions and judgments concerning adiaphora that led the Saxon theologians (the "Philippists") to forge the Leipzig Interim.
First, genuine adiaphora is defined as ceremonies neither commanded nor forbidden in God's Word and not as such, or in and of themselves, divine worship or any part of it (Matt.
The second major point about genuine adiaphora is that the church does have the perfect right and authority to alter them so long as this is done without offense, in an orderly manner, so as to rebound to the church's edification (Rom.
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 Adiaphorists - LoveToKnow 1911
The Adiaphorist controversy among Lutherans was an issue of the provisional scheme of compromise between religious parties, pending a general council, drawn up by Charles V., sanctioned at the diet of Augsburg, 15th of May 1548, and known as the Augsburg Interim.
This sanctioned jurisdiction of Catholic bishops, and observance of certain rites, while all were to accept justification by faith (relegating sola to the adiaphora).
Flacius, on the grounds that the imperial power was not the judge of adiaphora, and that the measure was a trick to bring back popery.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Adiaphorists   (233 words)

 The Lambeth Commission on Communion - Section B
This principle of 'adiaphora' was invoked and developed by the early English Reformers, particularly in their claim that, in matters of eucharistic theology, specific interpretations (transubstantiation was particularly in mind) were not to be insisted upon as 'necessary to be believed', and that a wider range of interpretations was to be allowed.
Thus the notion of 'adiaphora' is brought back into its close relationship with that of 'subsidiarity', the principle that matters in the Church should be decided as close to the local level as possible[53].
The two notions of 'adiaphora' and 'subsidiarity' work together like this: the clearer it is that something is 'indifferent' in terms of the Church's central doctrine and ethics, the closer to the local level it can be decided; whereas the clearer it is that something is central, the wider must be the circle of consultation.
www.anglicancommunion.org /windsor2004/section_b/p10.cfm   (1145 words)

 The Diocese of Saskatchewan - Home - Adiaphora again: What the Saint Michael’s Report really says about Doctrine
The Primate’s Commission sought prayerfully to discern where the question of the blessing of same sex unions lies on the continuum, and concluded that it is so closely linked to significant theological questions and doctrines (including the doctrine of marriage) that it deserves to be addressed as a matter of doctrine itself.
In fact there is such a varied and confused understanding of adiaphora in the conversation today (perhaps contributed to by both the WR and SMR) that this concept ought not to become the focus of attention.
Although the etymology of adiaphora is ‘a matter indifferent’, in the sixteenth century English Reformed tradition to call something adiaphora is not to judge it to be insignificant.
www.skdiocese.com /home/2007/2/24/adiaphora-again-what-the-saint-michaels-report-really-says-about-doctrine.html   (3723 words)

 Adiaphora   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
They are also known as "non-essential matters" and "matters indifferent." Since such matters are not settled by Scripture, they are left to the Christians in their liberty to decide for themselves, not by the rule of one over the other, but by their mutual consent according to love.
In dealing with adiaphora, a vote is taken to ascertain what the majority regards as best; and for love's sake, it is expected that the minority will cheerfully yield to the majority, not by compulsion, but because Christians according to their New Man of faith desire to serve one another.
In discussion of adiaphora, it is essential that vehemence and acrimony be put aside, and that a spirit of love, humility and brotherliness prevail, as becometh saints walking in the Spirit.
www.concordialutheranconf.com /sl/adiap.htm   (178 words)

 Lambeth Commission Windsor Report Resources: Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC)
The word "adiaphora" is used in the report to suggest that within the Christian Faith individual practices may differ among denominations.
The word "adiaphora" is a Greek word that means "things indifferent," matters which can be accepted or rejected without damage to then orthodox teaching or essential practice of the Faith.
The Windsor Report developes the concept of "adiaphora" extensively to make the point that the Consecration of a Bishop living within a same-sex relationship, or the development of liturgies for the Blessing of same-sex unions cannot be treated as"indifferent matters" to the whole Church.
www.edusc.org /LambethCommission/WindsorArchives.shtml   (603 words)

 The Solid Declaration -- Adiaphora
But to the false apostles, who wished to impose these upon the conscience as necessary things, he will yield not even in such things as in themselves are adiaphora, Col. 2, 16: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day.
We likewise regard it as a sin that deserves to be rebuked when in time of persecution anything is done either in indifferent matters or in doctrine, and in what otherwise pertains to religion, for the sake of the enemies of the Gospel, in word and act, contrary and opposed to the Christian confession.
We reject and condemn also [the madness] when these adiaphora are abrogated in such a manner as though it were not free to the congregation [church] of God at any time and place to employ one or more in Christian liberty, according to its circumstances, as may be most useful to the Church.
www.bookofconcord.org /fc-sd/adiaphora.html   (1028 words)

 General Synod 2007: In Plenary: Core doctrine and Adiaphora - What's the difference? Archives
The definition settled on by the church was a moderate one – these are adiaphora: matters neither commanded nor forbidden by God’s word and not opposed to good doctrine.
To my mind, these terms of 'core doctrine' and 'adiaphora' are merely cunning words being employed to try and find a way for two opposed sides to stay together for the sake of visible unity at the expense of truth.
The question is "What is the difference betwen 'Core doctrine' and 'Adiaphora'?" At first,I read it too quickly and thought that it said 'amphora'; after all, I come from the diocese of the 'Swift Moving'.
www.storiesoffaith.ca /inplenary/2007/02/core_doctrine_and_adiaphora_wh.html   (6463 words)

 Townhall.com - ADIAPHORA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
On this blog I will be discussing many things that are adiaphora and many that are not.
I suspect that you will be able to tell which ones I think are adiaphora by what I say about them.
I will also be discussing matters in the religious, cultural and political realms, and I am not so full of myself to think that my opinions and comments, even in these areas, are anything other than adiaphora.
adiaphora.townhall.com   (215 words)

 Draft Theology: Adiaphora
Adiaphora: (Greek: "things indifferent") Elements of faith regarded as neither commanded nor forbidden in Scripture and thus on which liberty of conscience may be exercised (See Rom.
And who gets to draw the line?—what seems to be adiaphora to some is a matter of salvation for others.
Where does one draw the line at adiaphora, and where does one suffer even doctrinal differences because of the recognition that we as individuals are subject to the church and must grow in our doctrinal thinking?
www.drafttheology.com /2005/07/adiaphora.html   (1061 words)

 Define: adiaphora
adiaphora : a matter that is not of a kind that should be cause for division.
Yet the concept behind the term is found throughout the faith, except for the most extreme of fundamentalists.
In a way, Jesus Himself showed how important the idea of adiaphora is, in his emphasis on love and unity.
www.spirithome.com /adiaphora.html   (442 words)

 ~ emerging thought in Montana ~: Two Real Questions for All...
Adiaphora literally means, "matters of indifference." it is the beliefs and/or practices which the Reformers regarded as being tolerable, in that they were neither express as clearly one way or the other in Scripture.
For example, whether one wears a robe or a plain white shirt would be a "matter of indifference." This concept was important as it allowed the reformers to adopt a practical approach to differing beliefs and practices.
Yet, before we do find these areas of "adiaphora" we still need to define the greater points that are foundational to Christianity.
wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com /2007/01/two-real-quesitons-for-all.html   (601 words)

 Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship: Chapter 5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Adiaphora refers to matters that are indifferent to ethics (e.g., Should I boil my eggs or scramble them for breakfast?).
That is, they involve activities that are neither commanded nor forbidden, and therefore the decision whether or not to commit the act or not commit the act does not involve sin or a violation of God’s word.
Fourth, an act that normally is adiaphora ceases to be adiaphora if a person becomes enslaved to or comes under the power or control of that activity.
www.reformed.com /pub/sola_5.htm   (17843 words)

 purevolume™ | Adiaphora (Maine)
Adiaphora is a Metalcore/Hardcore band from Oakland, Maine.
Still in the recording and songwriting process, Adiaphora is working on getting some shows together to broadcast their sound.
Email Adiaphora at adiaphora7@yahoo.com if you want them to play a show.
www.purevolume.com /adiaphoramaine   (70 words)

 Good morning, everyone and welcome to this special lecture by our guest Dr Jung Suck Rhee
And Jerusalem council was the official acceptance of adiaphora and the official introduction of adiaphora system into the Christianity.
So, cultural adiaphora, liturgical adiaphora, theological adiaphora, all were accepted if it was not essential belief.
For the adiaphora, the best thing the confession can do for the members of denomination or that part of the church is a recommendation and guidance, but even that could be harmful for the spiritual growth or maturity for the church.
jsrhee.hihome.com /CalvinLecture.htm   (4030 words)

 Adiaphora: A Christian Theological Dictionary on Adiaphora
An example might be whether or not to use a sound-board in a church, to meet in a tent or a building, to have two or more services or simply one on the day of worship.
CARM is a nonprofit Christian apologetics organization whose purpose is to equip Christians with good information on doctrine, various religious groups (Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.), cults, Evolution, New Age, and related subjects.
Adiaphora is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
www.experiencefestival.com /a/Adiaphora/id/68143   (373 words)

 Anglican Communion Institute - Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
This means that any development needs to be explored for its resonance with the truth, and with the utmost charity on the part of all - charity that grants that a new thing can be offered humbly and with integrity, and charity that might refrain from an action which might harm a sister or brother.
1.3.2 The report defines ‘adiaphora’ as those matters which are ‘indifferent’ in the sense that they are matters: ‘…upon which disagreement can be tolerated without endangering unity’ (36) and ‘subsidiarity’ as: ‘…the principle that matters should be decided as close to the local level as possible’ (38).
The use of the doctrine of reception to defy the declared mind of the Church is an attempt to exercise freedom of action without reference to the wider Church and is therefore unacceptable.
www.anglicancommunioninstitute.org /articles/COE_HOB.html   (4953 words)

 Jesus First - Conflict patterns...
The word “adiaphora” was then—and still is—used to mean things which are neither mandated nor forbidden in Scripture, and thus are a matter of free choice.
The full original phrase stated the good Lutheran principle that adiaphora that have become wrongly mandated practices are no longer adiaphora and must be resisted, in order to maintain Christian freedom.
It means that nothing—doctrine or practice—is adiaphora if the author declares it to be a matter of confession.
www.jesusfirst.net /2003feb04.htm   (1232 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
At the heart of it, I think, is a debate concerning the nature of “adiaphora,” those things which the Word of God has neither commanded nor forbidden.
Others insist that some aspects of contemporary worship are in fact heretical, and hence belong in the “forbidden category,” or else by appeal to FC 10 would claim that these adiaphoristic things cannot be treated as adiaphora in our “contemporary” situation.
Just because something is labeled “adiaphora” does not mean that we can or should stop thinking theologically.
www.concordtx.org /bestsrv.htm   (635 words)

 The Separated Life: Part II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Scripture recognizes a classification of things or actions which are commonly called adiaphora, or "things indifferent." This term must not be misunderstood.
It does not mean that a Christian, in performing any particular act, can be regarded as himself morally neutral or indifferent, or that the Christian can at any time take a moral holiday and concern himself wholly with things morally indifferent.
Thus we see that while certain circumstances may render the use of adiaphora sinful by a particular person at a particular time or under certain circumstances, still this is very different from affirming that the things in question are sinful in themselves.
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 :: BlackElectorate.com ::
New Testament examples of adiaphora are often cited from Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians.
The adiaphora are morally acceptable or unacceptable by the Christian God based upon the motive and end of the doer.
Later he was persuaded to accept a compromise known as the Leipzig Interim, deciding that doctrinal differences not related to justification by faith were adiaphora or matters of indifference.
www.blackelectorate.com /articles.asp?ID=1747   (2237 words)

 Outer Rim Territories » Christian Contemporary Music and the ecumenical epidemic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Especially a discussion of adiaphora, that which is neither commanded nor condemned by God in worship.
Through this quote one can easily justify removing those elements of worship considered adiaphora for the purpose of evangelism, this is clearly not the thrust of the quote.
The scripture references given are directed to adiaphora Paul was combatting such as forced circumcision (Baptism is the circumcision of the new covenant), hair lengths, diet and like all of which were being placed as necessary adiaphora.
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 Ministry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Thus, all other offices in the Church are auxiliary or offices of help to the office of Pastor.
The congregation may in fact create or dispense with any auxiliary office through the appointment or release of their incumbents as it sees fit according to time, circumstance and need by a simple majority vote, since these are not God-ordained offices but adiaphora.
Likewise, the incumbency of a man in the pastoral office may be terminated only by unanimous vote for proper Scriptural reasons, namely, persistence in false doctrine and/or practice, willful neglect of official duties, or scandalous life.
www.concordialutheranconf.com /sl/minist.htm   (341 words)

 Thursday Theology #116 - Unity of the Church:the ELCA's In-House Controversy on the Historic Episcopate
The issue in FC 10, though labelled adiaphora, is actually the unity of the church.
When adiaphora become YOU GOTTAs for staying membered to Christ's church, says FC 10, then the YOU GOTTAs must be disobeyed.
Even these folks are called upon by FC 10 to join in confessing that adiaphora, likeable though they may be for them, when they become YOU GOTTAs for staying churched, are a no-no in the church of Christ.
www.crossings.org /thursday/Thur0831.htm   (2531 words)

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Flacius boiled the controversy down to this: "Nothing is an adiaphoron when confession and offense are involved." Brenz summed it up: "Adiaphora must be judged from their conditions.
The Formula of Concord, written by the ordinary pastors who were not involved personally in the controversy, adopted not only the gist of their ideas, but the language as well.
The confessors in the Formula recognize that ceremonies could be "changed, diminished or increased without thoughtlessness and offense, in an orderly and becoming way.
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 Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship: Summary and Conclusion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The most common defense is that humanly devised rites and ceremonies are within the sphere of adiaphora or matters indifferent.
Although churches may refer to human traditions as adiaphora to justify their use in public worship, they never act as if the additions are indifferent in practice.
Third, an analysis of the most common objections to the regulative principle has shown that these objections are not based on a careful exegesis of Scripture but upon misunderstandings, misrepresentations and pure speculation.
www.reformed.com /pub/sola_sc.htm   (1788 words)

 WELS Questions and Answers-- Church and Ministry - Music/Worship
The first thing to be noted is that all of the things you discuss in your message are adiaphora, not doctrine.
The congregation should lend an attentive ear to all its members, but it is not possible to have an order of worship in which everyone is going to like everything all of the time.
In things which are adiaphora we have to learn to leave room for a variety of tastes in art and music.
www.wels.net /sab/qa/chur-music-05.html   (5394 words)

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