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Term

SOCINIANISM

Definition

The doctrine held by followers of Lelio Sozzini, or Socinus (1525-62), a priest of Siena, and of his nephew, Fausto Sozzini (1539-1604). The ideas first achieved importance in Poland. Among its main tenets are a denial of the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, and the Redemption. Socinianism is the modern forerunner of Unitarianism.