Definitions

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  • n. A fundamental change of mind.
  • n. Spiritual conversion.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek μετάνοια (metanoia, "repentance"), a compound of μετά (meta, "after, with") and νοέω (noeō, "to perceive, to think"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Consequently I do not hesitate to say that the Reformation, in rejecting contrition, cavilling over the word metanoia, attributing to faith alone the virtue of justification, deconsecrating repentance in short, took a step backward and utterly failed to recognize the law of progress.

    System of Economical Contradictions: or, the Philosophy of Misery

  • None of this is metanoia, which is Greek for 'conversion', as in conversion of hearts and minds.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • "metanoia" -- that it was "re-thinking" and not "penance" -- and he grasped a new view of God there.

    The Jesus of History

  • The Latin conversio, whence comes the English "conversion," is a translation of the Greek metanoia, meaning a change of mind or heart.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • A man may have bitterly repented and thoroughly reformed the sin of drunkenness, and by this genuine 'metanoia' and faith in Christ crucified have obtained forgiveness of the guilt, and yet continue to suffer a heavy punishment in a schirrous liver or incurable dyspepsy.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The first and last step (and every step in between) on the spiritual path is "repentence," which actually comes from the Greek metanoia which is simply to "turn around."

    One Cosmos

  • God's basis of forgiveness from this deed is repentance ("metanoia" in Greek: To change (meta) one's mind (noia).

    Philocrites: Competing theologies in Boston.

  • "metanoia" within orthodox remnant will be allowed to remain faithful, as members in good standing, without persecution, within safe dioceses or even parishes.

    Stand Firm

  • The Church calls this change of life-direction metanoia, or "repentance," for which baptism serves as the outward expression.

    Shane Claiborne: When Soldiers Become Saints

  • The real challenge of Vatican II is the change or renewal of hearts that in the Gospels is called metanoia.

    Pope John Paul II

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  • a rhetorical device for moving from the part to the whole

    August 27, 2009

  • (n): The act or process of changing one's mind or way of life

    October 11, 2008

  • A fundamental change of mind; spiritual conversion.

    August 3, 2008