Friday, April 4, 2008

antinomian -- the law doesn't apply to me

Today we hit the David Brooks Daily Double. Here is another sentence from his column in today's Times:

"Dreams of economic opportunity and racial integration were swallowed up by the antinomian passions and social disorder."

an·ti·no·mi·an –noun [Origin: 1635–45; < style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps" href="" target="_blank">anti- + nómos law) + -ian]
1. a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.

1. of or relating to or denying the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law:

"By raising segregation and racial persecution to the ethical level of law, it puts into practice the antinomian rules of Orwell's world. Evil becomes good, inhumanity is interpreted as charity, egoism as compassion" (Elie Wiesel).

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