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Adiaphora
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1. “Adiaphora,” from the Gk. pl. adiaphora (cf. Lat. sing. indifferens), denotes things that are indifferent. A broad range of usage for what is permitted or what is between permission and proscription has helped to determine its historical significance.

The term occurs in the ethics of antiquity, especially in Stoicism. The Stoics tried to see how things that encounter us or acts that we perform have a moral significance that is not intrinsic to them. Christian ethics adopted the term but used it in many different ways as it faced proble…

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Ulrich, Hans G., “Adiaphora”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A67>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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