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Indulgence
Indulgences
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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
indulgences
indulgences. The remission by the Church of the temporal penalty due to forgiven sin, in virtue of the merits of Christ and the saints. In the RC Church the granting of indulgences is now ordinarily confined to the Pope. The practice presupposes (1) a retributive basis for Divine justice, i.e. that
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Indulgences
Indulgences. An indulgence in the Roman Catholic Church is the remission, total or partial, of the temporal punishment imposed by the Church for venial sins, and still due to sin after sacramental absolution. The basis of the ordinance is the old German principle of composition, in which satisfaction
A Catholic Dictionary
Indulgence
indulgence. Indulgentia is a technical term in the Roman law, meaning amnesty or pardon; and in much the same sense it occurs in the Latin of the Vulgate, where it is synonymous with remissio as may be seen by comparing Isai. 61:1, with Luc. 4:18. In the language of the Church it has acquired a much
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Indulgence
Indulgence (The name Indulgence is derived from a Latin word meaning pardon).—An indulgence is an act of mercy exercised by the Church apart from the sacrament of penance, by which we may gain partial or plenary remission, through the merits of our Saviour, of the temporal punishment remaining due for
Indulgences
Indulgences (Sale of).—It is true that the Catholic Church formerly imposed canonical penances for certain sins; it is also true that she has shortened the duration and changed the nature of these canonical penances by granting, on certain conditions, what is called an indulgence either in consideration
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Indulgences
indulgences. A major controversy of the Reformation era involved the sale of indulgences that, it was believed, could shorten the time a Christian would have to spend in *purgatory. In the sixteenth century an indulgence could be granted under the auspices of the pope, usually in exchange for a gift
Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition
Indulgences
indulgences. Guarantees sold by the church believed to shorten the temporal punishment Christians experienced in *purgatory for *sins they committed after being forgiven. According to Roman Catholic theology in the sixteenth century, this favor could be purchased, typically by transfer of property or
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Indulgence
IndulgenceLatin indulgentia, “kindness, tenderness”; in Roman Catholic theology the remission of the punishment of certain sins either in this life, in purgatory,* or in both.
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Indulgences
Indulgences. The means by which the Catholic Church claims to give remission before God of temporal punishment due to sins, whose guilt has already been forgiven. This idea developed slowly in the Western church; from the sixteenth century, practice often went ahead of theory. Granting indulgences has