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Title:
THEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL DIMENSIONS OF THE 17TH CENTURY ANTINOMIAN CONTROVERSY: A CASE STUDY OF ANNE HUTCHINSON

Authors:
Abraham O. Adebo

Abstract:
The Antinomian controversy, which took place between 1636 and 1638, has been variously interpreted by different scholars in contemporary times. Generally, antinomianism refers to that, "which is against or opposed to the law."1 Theologically, Hall wrote, antinomianism is the opinion that, "the moral law is not binding upon Christians, who are under the law of grace."2 Put succinctly, antinomians were a group of radical Puritans who taught that strict observance of moral laws were unnecessary for Christians who have embraced the salvation of God by appropriating the free grace of God given in Christ Jesus to their lives. Among the leading protagonists of antinomian school in New England were Anne Hutchinson who was staunchly supported by John Cotton, and her brother-in-law, John Wheelwright, who gathered a group of admirers around them.

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