Main Entry:Mar£cion£ism


Etymology:Marcion 2d century A.D. Christian Gnostic



 : the doctrinal system of a sect of the second and third centuries A.D. accepting some parts of the New Testament but denying Christ's corporality and humanity and condemning the Creator God of the Old Testament


Montanism /Montantist

Main Entry:Mon£ta£nist


Etymology:Montanus, 2d century A.D. Phrygian schismatic



 : an adherent of a Christian sect arising in the late second century and stressing apocalyptic expectations, the continuing prophetic gifts of the Spirit, and strict ascetic discipline




Inflected Form:plural Chi*Rhos




 : a Christian monogram and symbol formed from the first two letters X and P of the Greek word for Christ —  called also Christogram

The Labarum () was a military standard which displayed the first two Greek letters of the word Christ (Greek: ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ or Χριστός)—Chi (χ) and Rho (ρ).[1] It was first used by the Roman emperor Constantine I (Greek: Μέγας Κωνσταντίνος ).










1 : the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated  : COSMOS: as  a : a systematic whole held to arise by and persist through the direct intervention of divine power  b : the world of human experience  c (1) : the entire celestial cosmos  (2) : MILKY WAY GALAXY  (3) : an aggregate of stars comparable to the Milky Way galaxy

2 : a distinct field or province of thought or reality that forms a closed system or self-inclusive and independent organization


4 : a set that contains all elements relevant to a particular discussion or problem

5 : a great number or quantity  <a large enough universe of choose from — G. B. Clairmont>




 : the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties





1 a : the art or practice of healing disease  b : the practice or profession of medicine

2 : a medicinal agent or preparation;  especially   : PURGATIVE

3 archaic   : NATURAL SCIENCE




1 : a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo

2 a : the composition and chemical properties of a substance  *the chemistry of iron*  b : chemical processes and phenomena (as of an organism)  *blood chemistry*

3 a : a strong mutual attraction, attachment, or sympathy  *they have a special chemistry*  b : interaction between people working together;  specifically   : such interaction when harmonious or effective  *a team lacking chemistry*




1 : a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes

2 a : the plant and animal life of a region or environment  b : the life processes especially of an organism or group;  broadly  





1 a : a science that deals with the history of the earth and its life especially as recorded in rocks  b : a study of the solid matter of a celestial body (as the moon)

2 : geologic features

3 : a treatise on geology





1 : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable;  broadly   : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god

2 : a person unwilling to commit to an opinion about something  *political agnostics*





1 : the science of human beings;  especially   : the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture

2 : theology dealing with the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings


1 : the scientific study of material remains (as fossil relics, artifacts, and monuments) of past human life and activities

2 : remains of the culture of a people  : ANTIQUITIES


: EXPOSITION, EXPLANATION;  especially   : an explanation or critical interpretation of a text



1 : a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money);  broadly   : figurative language —  compare SIMILE

2 : an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor  : SYMBOL 2


Albert Einstein tried to avoid such a beginning by creating and holding onto his cosmological “fudge factor” in his equations until 1931, when Hubble’s astronomical observations caused him to grudgingly accept “the necessity for a beginning.”

A. Vibert Douglas
“Forty Minutes With Einstein”
Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Vol. 50 (1956), p. 100

Einstein quote cited in

Fred Heeren
Show Me God: What the Message from Space Is Telling Us About God
Day Star Publications, 2000, pp. 107-108