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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
A rent or fissure; generally used in the New Testament to denote a division within the Christian church, by contentions and alienated affections, without an outward separation into distinct bodies, 1 Corinthians 1:10-12 12:25,26 . The sin may lie on the side of the majority, or of the minority, or both. It is a sin against Christian love, and strikes at the heart of Christianity, John 17:21 Romans 12:4-21 .
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Schism'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/s/schism.html. 1859.