• Domanovius Josèphe

    Domanovius Josèphe

    Domanovius Josèphe ,  (Polon. Domanowski,) as we learn from the Diary of Smalcius, was one of the principal of those, who, in Lithuania, defended the opinion, that Christ ought not to be invoked in prayer. "On the 18th of June, 1600," says Smalcius, "I was sent into Lithuania, with Christopher Lubieniecius, my colleague, and Christopher Rudnicius, Minister of Surasia, to the Synod of Novogrodek, for the purpose of thoroughly rooting out that blasphemy, which had seized the minds of some, concerning the Non-invocation of Christ. One Domanowsky, the leader of these blasphemers, had been summoned, but did not appear. The Brethren, therefore, being then strengthened, we took our departure ; and the disputation with those men was deferred to the year following." In the month of December of the same year, Smalcius says, "I was sent again, with my colleagues, into Lithuania, to bring the forementioned controversy to a close. The Domanowsky before mentioned declined the conference, and did not attend the Synod. After much protracted discussion, therefore, he was excommunicated, by universal consent. All the rest returned to their duty of their own accord, when they had heard our proofs concerning the Divinity of Christ." On the last words of this passage, "the Divinity of Christ," Zeltner adds, in a note, "that Divinity, namely, which is of the mere grace of a simple human being, and factitious, and to which genuine religious Invocation cannot be addressed." Bock thinks, that Domanovius relinquished his opinion on the subject of prayer to Christ, and was ultimately reconciled to the rest of the Socinian body, because he visited the Lithuanian Churches, in company with Smalcius and Christopher Rudnicius, in the month of October, 1609. 

    He committed to writing an account of the Disputation concerning the Divinity of Christ, between Martin Smiglecius, the Jesuit, and John Licinius, at Novogrodek, January 25th, 1594, which was printed by Bolemowski. In another Disputation, held at Polotzk, in Lithuania, in the month of October, 1589, of which he also wrote an account, he is said to have asserted, that the soul perishes with the body. But it is probable, that he merely denied, that there is an intermediate state of consciousness between death and the resurrection.


    (Vidend. Bock, Hist. Ant. T. I . pp. 250, 251. Smalcii Diarium, 

    A. D. 1600, apud Zeltn. pp. 1172, 1173 (Not. a).)


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