A Calvinist who holds that only some souls will be elected to everlasting life, as a consequence of the Fall of man, rather than as part of the original divine plan
See Also: lapsarian

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  • Infralapsarian — In fra*lap*sa ri*an, a. (Theol.) Of or pertaining to the Infralapsarians, or to their doctrine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Infralapsarian — In fra*lap*sa ri*an, n. [Infra + lapse: cf. F. infralapsaire. See {Lapse}.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of that class of Calvinists who consider the decree of election as contemplating the apostasy as past and the elect as being at the time of election in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infralapsarian — 1731, from INFRA (Cf. infra) + L. lapsus a fall (see LAPSE (Cf. lapse)). In reference to the Calvinist doctrine that god s election of some to everlasting life was consequent to his decree to allow the Fall of man, and was thus a remedial measure …   Etymology dictionary

  • infralapsarian — [in΄frə lap ser′ē ən] n. [< INFRA + L lapsus, a fall (see LAPSE) + ARIAN] any of a group of Calvinists who held that God s plan of salvation for some people followed and was a consequence of the fall of humankind from grace: opposed to… …   English World dictionary

  • infralapsarian — /in freuh lap sair ee euhn/, n. 1. a person who believes in infralapsarianism. adj. 2. of or pertaining to infralapsarians or infralapsarianism. [1725 35; INFRA + L laps(us) a fall (see LAPSE) + ARIAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • infralapsarian — in·fra·lap·sar·i·an …   English syllables

  • infralapsarian — /ɪnfrəlæpˈsɛəriən/ (say infruhlap sairreeuhn) noun 1. someone who believes in infralapsarianism. –adjective 2. relating to infralapsarianism or those who hold it. {infra + Latin lapsus a fall + arian} …   Australian English dictionary

  • infralapsarian — I. ˌinfrəˌlapˈserēən, sa(a)r noun ( s) Etymology: infra + Latin lapsus lapse, fall + English arian more at lapse : one that adheres to the doctrine of infralapsarianism compare …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lapsarianism — is the set of Calvinist doctrines describing the theoretical order of God s decree (in his mind, before Creation), in particular concerning the order of his decree for the fall of man and reprobation. The name of the doctrine comes from the Latin …   Wikipedia

  • Predestination — Predestination, in theology is the doctrine that all events have been willed by God. John Calvin interpreted biblical predestination to mean that God willed eternal damnation for some people and salvation for others.[1] Explanations of… …   Wikipedia

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