docetism








noun

  1. an early Christian doctrine that the sufferings of Christ were apparent and not real and that after the crucifixion he appeared in a spiritual body.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity.

noun

  1. (in the early Christian Church) a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real
n.

1846, heresy of the Docetae, who held that the body of Jesus was a phantom, from Greek Doketai, name of the sect, literally “believers,” from dokein “to seem, have the appearance of, think,” related to doxa (see decent).

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