Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Brethren and Sisters of the Free Spirit
An appellation assumed by a sect which sprung up towards the close of the thirteenth century, and gained many adherents in Italy, France, and Germany. They took their denomination from the words of St. Paul, Romans 8:2; Romans 8:14 . and maintained that the true children of God were invested with perfect freedom from the jurisdiction of the law. They held that all things flowed by emanation from God; that rational souls were portions of the Deity; that the universe was God; and that by the power of contemplation they were united to the Deity, and acquired hereby a glorious and sublime liberty, both from the sinful lusts and the common instincts of nature, with a variety of other enthusiastic notions. Many edicts were published against them; but they continued till about the middle of the fifteenth century.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Brethren and Sisters of the Free Spirit'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/b/brethren-and-sisters-of-the-free-spirit.html. 1802.