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  Legalism according to Schwartz
He traced the beginning of Legalism to the time of Confucius and such Confucian contemporaries as Tze-chan (Zi-chan), a ruler of a small state called Cheng and an acquaintance/possible student of Confucius.
The rise of Legalism was also related to the rise of new rulers who had overthrown legitimate old rulers and who now need new laws, not tradition, to justify and buttress their rule.
Schwartz's explanation of the Confucian rebuttal of Legalism is very similar to the 19th century English Utilitarians' criticism of existent social mores and traditions: that laws only teach people cunning by inspiring fear.
www.iun.edu /~hisdcl/h425/legalists2.htm   (667 words)

Legalism is a political philosophy that does not address higher questions pertaining to the nature and purpose of existence.
Shang Yang was particularly important for the development of legalism since it was he who served as governor of the state of Ch'in and strengthened it to the extent that it was able to unify China in the following century.
The viciousness of the Ch'in dynasty served to discredit Legalism.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/china/legal.html   (568 words)

Legalism is a pessimistic philosophy--while conceding that it would be wonderful to have a sage for ruler, the reality was that there just weren't many sages around.
Legalism disregards the past--conditions were different back then, so what worked back then would not necessarily work in the present time.
The Qin emperor was ruthless in his use of Legalism, punishing even small crimes with decapitation or the loss of a hand or foot.
www.geocities.com /tokyo/springs/6339/Legalism.html   (905 words)

Legality on the other hand "is a mechanical and external behavior growing our [sic] of reliance on self, because of a desire to gain a reputation, display a skill, or satisfy an urge to personal power.
As legalism is worked out, it is often expressed in an exaltation of human traditions to a status equal to or superior to God's commandments or in a slavish adherence to a specific rule while failing to note the principle behind the rule and to apply it in similar situations.
Legalism is a mentality, that leads to a way of life, which leads to doctrines not found in the Bible, which leads to a reliance upon one's performance, instead of Jesus' performance at Calvary for salvation, which leads to spiritual death.
www.apostolic.net /biblicalstudies/legalism.htm   (2283 words)

 The Watchman Expositor: Legalism - A Zeal for God, or Self?
Jesus defined legalism in Matthew 15:9b as “teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.” The ‘commandments of men’ usually begin with something God commanded and then over-extend it at the expense of some other Godly quality.
Legalism is a zeal for righteousness, the law, truth, and justice.
This third form of legalism is found among those individuals who feel they must usurp the role of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin.
www.watchman.org /cults/legalismzeal.htm   (1188 words)

 Legalism Grace Obedience
Note that legalism is not the deed itself; it is the motive or attitude behind the deed.
Legalism flourishes when we think that what Christ has done for us and what Christ has secured for us is not enough and is inadequate.
It does this, because legalism is an attitude or motive that sees the keeping of God's laws, or living a certain way, or doing certain things, as a bribe or a payment.
www.inplainsite.org /html/legalism_grace_obedience.html   (7000 words)

A stricter general definition of legalism is found in the Oxford English Dictionary: The principles of those who hold a theological position of adhering to the Law as opposed to the Gospel; the doctrine of Justification by Works, or teaching which savours of that doctrine.
Legalism is a result of a process of turning away from the truth.
The person in legalism is described as "foolish", meaning "not understanding." Legalism is one of the greatest robbers of Christian benefits; it robs people of their understanding of the Word of God and all of the benefits of the Grace life.
www.realtime.net /~wdoud/topics/legalism.html   (2730 words)

 The Divine Hermeneutics: Legalism, Binding Where God Has Not ~ Donnie Rader
Legalism, on the other hand, is a departure from the divine hermeneutics that really doesn't respect the authority of the word.
Not all who use the term legalism understand what it is. Neither is everyone who is charged with being a legalist guilty.
In contrast to Acts 15, legalism disregards the authority of the word by binding what cannot be bound by command, example or necessary inference.
www.watchmanmag.com /0610/061019.htm   (2321 words)

 Sermon Outline
Legalism is particularly dangerous because it uses the Bible in a certain amount of what it does (vv.
Legalism shuts off the kingdom and makes disciples that are worse off than they were before their conversion (vv.
At the heart of legalism is the use deception and hypocrisy to gain the attention of men.
www.discoveret.org /karns/sermons/062099pm.htm   (699 words)

 Viewpoint Bible Studies #17-21 -- What Is Legalism?
Legalism certainly promotes a concern with being right and correct in application and performance of the law to which the legalist holds.
Legalism is a dreadful danger to those most eager to please and serve almighty God.
Legalism is ultimately a minimalist ethic and an external religion.
www.sofnet.com /~outreach/study017.html   (3754 words)

 Legalism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Legalism can be seen as "a way of thinking about social life, a mode of consciousness" which structures our social experience.
An ideological world-view premised on legalism "is as much an obscuring veil as a clarifying lens for approaching social problems.
Legalism has increasingly come under criticism for "its role in maintaining oppressive social conditions and for the exceeding narrowness.
www.wvu.edu /~lawfac/jelkins/pmpl99/fragments/legalism.html   (589 words)

 Chinese Cultural Studies: Han Fei: Selections from The Writings of Han Fei (c. 230 BCE)
A third school of thought that emerged in the chaos of the late Zhou era was Legalism, which rejected both the Way of nature, as embraced by Daoists, and Confucianism's emphasis on the primacy of the moral way of antiquity.
Legalist writers, to the contrary, emphasized law as governmenst formulative force and advocated a radical restructuring of society in ways that were totally rational and up-to-date.
Legalism reached its apogee in the late third century B.C. in the writings of Han Feizi (Master Han Fei) and the policies of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.
academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu /core9/phalsall/texts/hanfei.html   (872 words)

 Recovering from Legalism
Legalism is any system, rules, expectations or regulations that promise God's love in return for human effort and obedience.
Legalism is a spiritually toxic virus unique to humans, spread by religion, best treated by God's unconditional and amazing grace.
Legalism is one of authentic Christianity's greatest enemies.
www.ptm.org /legalism   (114 words)

 What does the Bible say about legalism? How can a Christian avoid falling into the trap of legalism?
It is a term Evangelical Christians use to describe a doctrinal position that emphasizes a system of rules and regulations in achieving both salvation and spiritual growth.
Concerning one's disposition, legalism is opposed to being gracious, and so even believers can be legalistic.
To avoid falling into the trap of legalism you can start by holding fast to the words of the apostle John, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17 - KJV), and remember to be gracious, especially to your brothers and sisters in Christ.
www.gotquestions.org /Bible-Christian-legalism.html   (523 words)

 Printable version - Legalism
Legalism pertains to one’s attitude about his own person (i.e., having an inflated sense of self-importance—Luke 18:11-12; Proverbs 25:27; Romans 12:3) and practice (i.e., thinking he or she can earn or merit salvation on the basis of performance—Luke 17:10; Romans 3:9-18,23; 11:35; 1 Corinthians 9:16).
Legalism does not pertain to the propriety of the practices themselves.
In reality, outcries of “legalism” can serve as a convenient smoke screen to justify departure from the faith, and to cloak an agenda that seeks to introduce unbiblical worship innovations into the body of Christ.
www.apologeticspress.org /modules.php?name=Print&cat=7&itemid=2265   (1533 words)

 Legalism (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Legalism in philosophy refers to one of the four chief philosophic schools during the Warring States Period of Chinese history.
Legalism in Christian theology is a pejorative term referring to the imposition of excessive conformity to religious rules of behavior.
This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Legalism_(disambiguation)   (105 words)

Legalism attempts to solve this need by specifying, in great detail, just what behaviors (and prohibitions) are required of the individual.
Psychologically legalism gives a great deal of security and comfort to some people (many are drawn to religion because they need such security).
Legalism may be the easier path, but as Erwin Goodenough, a religion scholar, has written, the “safe road is the road of legalism, but all moral progress has come from supralegalists.”
www.mainstreambaptists.org /mob3/legalism.htm   (599 words)

 The isms of Legalism
When I began to ask questions relative to legalism, I got answers like, "Don’t you think you should be obedient to the commandments of God?" Being obedient to one’s under-standing of the commandments of God is not legalism.
Legalism is a philosophy that has given birth to a number of other isms that help to perpetuate and reinforce the concept.
It is interesting to note that the letter which was written to the Galatians to expose legalism tells us that even an apostle was affected by the pressure of those imbued with the philosophy and, as a result, he resorted to hypocritical isolationism.
www.freedomsring.org /isms.html   (2265 words)

 Legalism, What Exactly Is It?
I think we shall find in our study, though, that under the general heading of "law," there is a large spectrum, having what I term legalism at one extreme end (the whole essence of man simply involved in law keeping) and antinomianism at the other end of the spectrum (those against law, period).
Since legalism and legalist are not in the vocabulary of the scriptures, as such, we will have to look to the English Dictionaries for help.
An example of this negative definition of legalism is perhaps seen in the case of the Pharisees (Jn.
www.bibletruths.net /Archives/BTAR214.htm   (1408 words)

Legality then becomes making unwarranted or unnecessary demands on yourself or on someone else, especially in areas which are not prohibited in the Scriptures.
Legalism is also the making of quite proper demands, but making them on those who have no awareness of the proper power it takes to fulfill them.
Legality is a mechanical and external behavior growing our of reliance on self, because of a desire to gain a reputation, display a skill, or satisfy an urge to personal power.
www.pbc.org /dp/stedman/misc/legal.html   (3735 words)

 An Allegory about Legalism
Legalism is about man's efforts to please God, and it is often more about pleasing ourselves, because we think when we are good, we won't get in trouble and when we aren't we will.
Legalism is also about manipulation and control, getting what we want and maintaining things the way we want them.
Legalism is not faith and what is not of faith is sin.
www.annemurchison.com /legalism.htm   (8318 words)

 Legalism and Antinomianism
Legalism "Walking the Thin Line"--Liberty vs. legalism in the Church by Carey Hardy
Legalism is a system that judges an individual's relationship to God in terms of adherence to man-made rules.
Legalism is the former of the two religions which expresses itself in two ways: either a sinner, can, (1) by his own efforts or (2) with the Spirit's help, exert effort to either gain or maintain salvation.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/topic/legalism-anti.html   (1599 words)

 LEGALISM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Most can recognize the sin of an alcoholic, but the sin of legalism and the addiction to religion is less noticeable but the addiction runs much deeper.
The drunk must be delivered from all alcohol and the legalist must be delivered from his co-dependency on false doctrine and the misuse of scripture.
Like the drunk, letting go of their legalism would require not only separating one's self from false doctrine but also from the enablers and so-called friends, including our minister or local bartender.
www.stradicalontheweb.net /untitled1.html   (1618 words)

 LEGALISM. An outline study of what the Bible says about legalism.
Legalism is contrary to the Lordship of Christ, wherein He directs and guides our lives.
Legalism is idolatrous, setting up an independent standard of law as the basis of rightness, rather than God's righteousness.
Legalism is not to be tolerated or condoned, but to be exposed and eschewed.
www.christinyou.net /pages/legalism.html   (574 words)

 Crosswalk.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The term "legalism" commonly denotes preoccupation with form at the expense of substance.
From this perspective the strictly legal parts of the Old Testament stand in a narrative setting whose design is to recount God's dealings with his people so as to give them Torah or instruction in the way of life he desires for them.
In short, the law is part of the covenant, and constitutes both God's gracious gift to his people and the vehicle of their grateful response to him (Exod 19:3-6; Deut 7:1-16; 26:1-19).
bible.crosswalk.com /Dictionaries/BakersEvangelicalDictionary/bed.cgi?number=T430   (1193 words)

 SermonAudio.com - Patriarchy: A New Legalism?
This sermon introduces the subject of patriarchy and the legalism and problems associated with it in the church today.
And legalism should be exposed and condemned wherever it is found.
I also find it disturbing that so much energy is spent on attacking so-called “legalism” in the church, when we are afloat on a sea of antinomianism.
www.sermonaudio.com /sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=11104114932   (1186 words)

 Legalism --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
The model of a pious person is depicted in the righteous one of Psalm 5, “his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” In the Hellenistic period (c.
Chinese statesman who utilized the ruthless but efficient ideas of the political philosophy of Legalism to weld the warring Chinese states of his time into the first centralized Chinese empire, the Ch'in dynasty (221–206).
The sacrament of penance in the early church was a solemn and public act of reconciliation, through which an excommunicated sinner was readmitted into church membership.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9314859?tocId=9314859&query=yue   (500 words)

 Legalism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
One of the most serious problems facing the orthodox Christian church today is the problem of legalism.
One of the most serious problems facing the church in Paul's day was the problem of legalism.
Legalism wrenches the joy of the Lord from the Christian believer, and with the joy of the Lord goes his power for vital worship and vibrant service.
www.abideinchrist.com /devotion/mar9.html   (392 words)

 Legalism and Chinese Philosophy
In contrast to Taoism's intuitive anarchy, and Confucianism's benevolence, Legalism is a Classical Chinese philosophy that emphasizes the need for order above all other human concerns.
Even though both Confucianism and Legalism called for governmental hierarchy and adherence to tradition, the difference between the two schools is that Confucianism advocated ruling benevolently by example.
The dominant imagery in Legalism's writings is of forcefully straightening or unbending twisted tree limbs so that they grow perfectly straight, or using hot irons to burn the tree limbs so that they will grow in the desired direction.
web.cn.edu /kwheeler/chinese_legalism.html   (415 words)

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