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Latin lapsus (fall) +‎ -arian (believer, advocate); compare English lapse.


lapsarian (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the fall of man from innocenceand the order of God's decrees in that fall. Example: Did God determine that mankind would fall and then choose to rescue him from it or did God determine to rescue mankind to demonstrate His love and so allow for the fall? This is a mental exercise without a necessary answer, but leads into discussion on the nature and character of God.

It may very well be that God thought of both eventualities at the same time, as He is not limited in thought the way mankind is.


lapsarian (plural lapsarians)

  1. One who believes that mankind has fallen from a better state.

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