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ADAMITES

A Christian sect in the early Church whose adherents sought to return to man's primitive innocence by the practice of nudity. Opposed by St. Epiphanius (c. 310-403) and St. Augustine (354-430), [they] also advocated community of wives and sexual promiscuity. More recently, groups like the Waldenses also called themselves Adamites and held similar views.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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