View Full Version : How many "isms" are there?
July 17th 2003, 01:31 PM
I'm not talking about things like Catholicism, Methodism, etc. I mean the various "camps" on interpretation. I'd like people to post one-sentence definitions for each one they post, for instance:
Preterism is the belief that all Bible prophecies, including those concerned with the second coming of Jesus, the resurrection and the judgment, came to complete fulfillment in A.D. 70 at the destruction of Jerusalem.
(Dee Dee, if I got that wrong, blame it on the web site I lifted it verbatim from.)
I'm interested in similar descriptions for things like Calvinism, Molinism, Skepticism, Atheism, and anything else y'all can come up with. It'll make a nice collection, I think. Besides, I'm discovering the wonderful world of "isms" in it's full glory and magesty just since I joined TWeb, so I'm genuinely interested in seeing where this goes.
Bill the Cat
July 17th 2003, 01:32 PM
Jardin, go here to find out about most of them...
July 17th 2003, 09:40 PM
Aw, heck...that ain't no fun!
July 18th 2003, 12:43 PM
At one point about 3 months ago I went through a Christian dictionary and tried memorizing them all.
For those who know a lot of Christian doctrine, this can be a test your knowledge sorta thing.
There are about 150. Not TOO many, but not an easy task either. I'll list as many as I can remember, but I think I'll pass on defining them for now, I'll have it much later.
These deal with Christology: Apollinarianism, Docetism, Monophysitism, Dyophysitism, Arianism, Modalistic Monarchianism, Dynamistic (or Dynamic) Monarchianism, Adoptionism, Eutychianism, Gnosticism, and there are more I can't remember. Donatism and Docetism I think.
These deal with sin and salvation: Amyraldianism, Calvinism, Arminianism, Annihilationsim, Supralapsarianism (aka antelapsarianism), Infralapsarianism (aka sublapsarianism), Antinomianism, Ascetism, Universalism, Pelagianism, Semi-Pelagianism (there's even a semi-semi-Pelaginianism!), Augustinianism, Fatalism, Sacramentalism, Hedonism, Monergism, Synergism, Legalism,
These deal with philosophy and general apologetics: Atheism, Agnosticism, Theism, Empiricism, Presuppositionalism, Creationism, Deism, Pragmatism, Theism, Humanism, Eudamonism, Naturalism, Objectivism, Eclecticism, Pantheism, Textual criticism.
These deal with end times: Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, Amillennialism, Millennarianism, Preterism, and I know there's more but I just drew a blank.
These deal with theology: Trinitarianism, Antitrinitarianism, Binitarinanism, Polytheism, Henotheism, Dualism, Monotheism, Pluralism, Subordinationism, Determinism, Ubiquitarianism,
These deal with the church: Paedobaptism, Caesaropapism, Anticlericalism, Americanism, Sabbatarianism, Baptism, Virtualism, Patripassianism, Congregationalism, Presbyterianism (pertaining to church structure).
These deal with Bibliology and Anthropology: *Dispensationalism* (gotta love it), Progressive dispensationalism, ultradispensationalism and that's it so now I really feel dumb.
I wrote these down alphabetically from a dictionary but forgot what they mean: Febronianism, Gallicanism, Jansenism, Latitudinarianism, Josephinism, Manichaeism, Monatism, Nestorianism, Obscurantism, Pansychism, Solipsism, Traducianism.
Most of them are pretty self-explanatory. To be perfectly honest, about halfway through I consulted a little dictionary I've been working on. I was intending on posting it at Christianforums.com, but I think this place will work too. I've been studying this for months and I STILL don't know more than a third. I actually just sort of gave up recently and I'm only remembering the ones that are actually applicable now. I guess there's no point in knowing and memorizing a word that no one else knows or understands. TTYL Jesus loves you!
July 19th 2003, 06:37 PM
Donīt forget Pacifism. This is one that all christians should know and adhere to.
July 19th 2003, 06:56 PM
Just off the top of my head, under Theology, you forgot Modalism. :teeth:
It should also be noted that there are many other views and theological positions that would fall under the above headings but which don't end with "ism."
For example, the Partially Open View, and the heretical views it is most confused with -- Process Theology and Moral Government Theology. Another example would be Theonomy. (Those examples come to mind as I just recently noted a well-respected apologetics website wrongly accuses Bob Enyart -- a mid-Acts dispensationalist and open theist -- as subscribing to Process Theology, Moral Government Theology, and Theonomy. The last is the most laughable, as it is literally impossible for a mid-Acts dispensationalist to be a true theonomist.)
Under what you called Bibliology (I would make the category "Hermeneutics") would be Covenental Theology, which is the counterpart to Dispensationalism. Theologically, every Christian must by logical necessity subscribe to either Covenental Theology or Dispensationalism, as it is a logic question of "X is either A or non-A." (Except, of course, in the case of a Christian who understands so little theology that they cannot be classified as either, out of pure ignorance.)
July 19th 2003, 06:57 PM
Aaarrrgh, double post! :doh:
July 19th 2003, 08:13 PM
This used to be quoted as the longest word in the English language: antidisestablishmentarianism. I don't know if it still holds that position. It means, I believe, "being opposed to changing the status of the Church of England as the official state religion of England". :smile:
Jardin, you wanted definitions:
Strong atheism: The positive belief that there are no gods.
Weak atheism: Lacking belief in gods.
Agnosticism: The belief that god is unknowable, OR being undecided about the existence of gods.
Will_C_Drotar: Phew, I never saw so many -isms all together in one place!
July 20th 2003, 09:42 AM
I think I would have preferred half a dozen -isms with single sentence definitions than 150 without! I can't even read that list!
Kudos to RightIdea for reading throroughly enough to know what's missing! My head is exploding!
Alien...which are you?
July 20th 2003, 03:28 PM
Today @ 07:42 AM post located here (http://www.theologyweb.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=153748#post153748)
Alien...which are you?
I'm a weak atheist. I used to work out but .... :teeth:
July 29th 2003, 03:38 PM
July 29th 2003, 03:53 PM
Here an "ism".
There an "ism".
Everywhere an "ism", "ism".
A poem by Little Cow
August 5th 2003, 04:01 PM
Please don't leave out "Sportsism", and "Hollywoodism", and "Moneyism" and "Sexism" and "Hyperthyroidism".....oh, wait, that one was a typo.
August 5th 2003, 06:20 PM
Arminianism: belief in God who allows humans to have libertarian free will
Molinism: a specific branch of Arminianism which reconciles Exhuastive Divine Foreknowledge with Libertarian Free Will through the use of the counterfactuals of creaturely freedom.
I happen to be both of those.
August 5th 2003, 07:13 PM
I'll just give the ones that I feel are relevant to me personally:
Radical Orthodoxyism (OK, I made that into an ism myself)
August 5th 2003, 07:23 PM
07-19-2003 @ 11:56 PM post located here (http://www.theologyweb.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=153549#post153549)
Theologically, every Christian must by logical necessity subscribe to either Covenental Theology or Dispensationalism, as it is a logic question of "X is either A or non-A." (Except, of course, in the case of a Christian who understands so little theology that they cannot be classified as either, out of pure ignorance.)
I find that statement compeletely ridiculous. Dispensationalism and Covenantalism are not the only two theological paradigms for looking at the narrative of Scriputre. Just read Karl Barth and you'll see that.
Besides no one beleived in anything like dispensationalism or covenatalsim before the Reformation anyways. These two systems certainly don't exhaust the theological paradigms for viewing scripture.
August 5th 2003, 09:12 PM
I find these two to be radically opposed.
August 6th 2003, 06:48 PM
Today @ 02:12 AM post located here (http://www.theologyweb.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=168370#post168370)
I find these two to be radically opposed.
Nonfoundationalism is opposed to Foundationalism, not Coherentism
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