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 HERESY - LoveToKnow Article on HERESY
The use of the term heresy in the New Testament cannot -be regarded as defining the attitude of the Christian Church, even in the Apostolic age, towards errors in belief.
This heresy was condemned by the synod of Dort (1619).
Moreover, heresies are not to be confounded with tentative and faulty hypotheses broached in a period prior to the scrutiny of a topic of Christian doctrine, and before that scrutiny has led the general mind to an assured conclusion. /H/HE/HERESY.htm   (7241 words)

They are destructive because they overturn the basic elements which make up the historic Christian faith, substituting in their place doctrines which distort or contradict the teachings found in the Bible.
They represent the core of Christian belief as contained within the pages of Scripture, and they compose what is commonly called "orthodox theology." And thus, heresies are teachings which openly deny any one of these fundamental doctrines.
Examples of heresies include the Mormon doctrine that there are many gods, and that you may become one, as well as the Jehovah's Witnesses, who clearly deny the Trinity. /free/CP0600.htm   (325 words)

 The Bible and Christian Heresies
A number of Christian beliefs were declared heresy in the early centuries of the church.
Some beliefs declared heresy (Monophysitism, Monothelitism, Nestorianism) are still maintained by Christian churches today, the largest being the Coptic Church.
Tatian reinterpreted the story of Adam and Eve and Christian documents such as 1 Corinthians 7:3-6 to support the idea that humans must abandon sexual intercourse in order to regain the Spirit of God that had been lost because of Adam and Eve's fraility. /umw/bible/heresies.stm   (1880 words)

 Cult Apologists : What you should know about cult defenders - religious cults, sects and movements
Christians have a Biblical mandate to discern between truth and error; between orthodoxy and heresy.
Cult apologists chide or attack the counter-cult movement, which largely consists of Christian ministries, for believing it alone - using the Bible as its standard - can determine what does and does not constitute religious truth in general, and Scriptural orthodoxy (as apposed to heresy) in particular.
Christians and non-Christians alike have only to examine the fruit (albeit by different standards; one theological, the other sociological) produced by cult apologists to understand that there is little we can learn from them - other than how not to approach cults. /c11.html   (5785 words)

 WHKMLA : Reformation in Sweden
Archbishop Johannes Magnus ordered by the pope to eradicate Protestantism (as a heresy) in Sweden, was dispatched on a diplomatic mission to Poland by King Gustavus; learning of the reformation of his country while abroad, he chose not to return.
The same archbishop presided as judge over a trial, in which noblemen which supported the Sture Party (Sten Sture the Younger had died in 1519) were accused of heresy, found guilty and sentenced to death (the STOCKHOLM BLOODBATH); 82 were executed.
Although he promised to respect Sweden's Lutheran state religion (confirmed as such in 1593), the Lutheran clergy was highly suspicious of him and supported the efforts of his relative Karl, who ousted Sigismund in 1600. /whkmla/period/reformation/sweref.html   (5785 words)

 Heresy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Heresy, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is a "theological or religious opinion or doctrine maintained in opposition, or held to be contrary, to the Catholic or Orthodox doctrine of the Christian Church, or, by extension, to that of any church, creed, or religious system, considered as orthodox.
Heresy, in these expanded metaphoric senses, is intended to allude to both the difference between the person's views and the mainstream, and the boldness of such a person in propounding these views, despite their unpopularity or even forceful opposition.
For example, the tongue-in-cheek contemporary usage of heresy, such as to categorize a "Wall Street heresy" or a "Republican heresy", are metaphors which invariably retain a subtext that links orthodoxies in geology or biology or any other field to the dogmas of religion (although religion may not necessarily appear as an explicit component). /wiki/Heresy   (4103 words)

Heresy is a sin because of its nature it is destructive of the virtue of Christian faith.
Heresy, being a deadly poison generated within the organism of the Church, must be ejected if she is to live and perform her task of continuing Christ's work of salvation.
The Church's legislation on heresy and heretics is often reproached with cruelty and intolerance. /cathen/07256b.htm   (6573 words)

 heresy. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The Protestant Reformation created new churches that at first campaigned against heresy from their own doctrinal bases; over time, however, the Roman Catholic church has remained the only Christian body that has continued with any frequency, on the basis of canon law, to prosecute heretics.
Heresy is also distinguished from schism, which is a splitting of or from the church brought about by disputes over hierarchy or discipline, rather than over matters of doctrine.
The medieval church undertook military action (as against the Albigenses, in 1208) and extensive legal and punitive campaigns (such as the Inquisition) in striving to suppress large-scale heresy. /65/he/heresy.html   (296 words)

 Heresy and Heretics - deviation from orthodox Christian doctrines - religious cults, sects and movements
One of the tasks of apologetics - the branch of theology concerned with the intelligent presentation and defense of the historical Christian faith- is to counter heresy (the opposite of orthodoxy) with sound doctrine.
A church, movement or organization that claims to be Christian, but which nevertheless teaches heresy, is a cult of Christianity.
This is the essence of heresy, and heresy remains a valid category for today. /h27.html   (1175 words)

In a Christian context, "heresy" normally refers to a false religious sect or to erroneous teaching and is consequently the opposite of "orthodoxy." Understood this way, the chief issue become what criteria distinguish true from false doctrine.
Heresy therefore remains in theory a denial of orthodox doctrine, which is itself based upon scripture and the rule of faith (or the creeds), but in practice, attempts to purge the church of heresy involved questions of ecclesiastical authority and of the relation of the church to the Roman empire.
Ignatius of Antioch termed theological error a heresy and, in the later Church, heresy, as deliberate adherence to 'false' doctrine, was condemned as sinful. /glossary/heresy.htm   (5615 words)

 Online Etymology Dictionary
1846, heresy holding that the body of Jesus was a phantom, from Gk.
heresie, from L. hæresis, "school of thought, philosophical sect," used by Christian writers for "unorthodox sect or doctrine," from Gk.
Related to O.E. gedweola "error, heresy, madness." Sense shifted in M.E. through "hinder, delay," to "linger" (c.1200, as still in phrase to dwell upon), to "make a home" (c.1250). /index.php?search=heresy&searchmode=none   (459 words)

 Beyond Heresy?
All legitimate Christian references to “heresy” must contextually retain the ecclesiological and eschatological understanding of the singularity of Christ and His Body, the Church, and the singular gospel message entrusted to the church.
When we travel “beyond belief&; and “beyond heresy” we slide into the relativized slough of meaninglessness that is “beyond Christianity&; and “beyond hope.” Such a nihilistic school of thought is the ultimate expression of “heresy.” Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.
Christians, however, who remain true to the scriptural standard and the essential traditions of their past, maintain that the determination of “heresy” has a legitimate place in the context of the Church of Jesus Christ. /pages/beyondheresy.html   (2804 words)

 SUMMA THEOLOGICA: Is heresy a kind of unbelief?
Therefore heresy is a species of unbelief, belonging to those who profess the Christian faith, but corrupt its dogmas.
Now heresy belongs to the works of the flesh, for the Apostle says (Galatians 5:19): "The works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness," and among the others, he adds, "dissensions, sects," which are the same as heresies.
Therefore heresy is opposed to the truth, on which faith is founded; and consequently it is a species of unbelief. /summa/301101.htm   (768 words)

 BBC NEWS Magazine 10 things that could land your vicar in trouble
The idea of heresy trials would be good if it meant that it weeded out clergy who did not believe in the principle tenets of the Christian faith.
This is the heresy that lost the Reverend George Gorham his job at Brampford Speke in 1847, in what is often said to be the last heresy trial in England.
Before any 'heresy trials' the 39 Articles themselves would have to be updated so that there would be a clear standard for Anglican belief. /1/hi/magazine/4273377.stm   (1698 words)

 Conference on Heresy
Karen L. King (Harvard Divinity School), “Of What Are Early Christian Discourses of Heresy Evidence?
William Arnal (University of Regina), “Doxa, Heresy, and Self-Construction: The Pauline Ekklesiai and the Boundaries of Urban Identities”
On the other hand, representations of “heresy” frequently fall in between the familiar and the foreign, between the repression of acknowledged cultural transgressions such as “magic” and the marginalization of more “alien” religious formations. /~heresy   (691 words)

 Outlook Article - Heresy [I]
We now live in an age of pluralism, diversity and tolerance." And the Christian who advocates the Biblical position on premarital sex, marriage structure, homosexuality, or religion, for example, is typically viewed as narrow-minded or bigoted.
It would be nice if we could avoid controversy and forget about "heresy hunting." But we don't live in a perfect world.
In many respects we seem to have become numb to the threat heresy poses for the church. /articles/tangelder_johan_heresy1_jan04_v54_n01.htm   (1763 words)

 heresy The News is The school of Islam that most represents the heresy of Gnosticism, freethinking, the enlightenment values that so offend the fundamentalist Christian, Jew and Muslim alike, is...
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heresy, Passover Plot, Last Tempatation of Christ, Judas Maccabees, Judas, Je... /tag/heresy   (176 words)

 Christian Identity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian Identity believers reject the beliefs of most modern orthodox Christian denominations, and claim that modern Christian Churches are teaching a heresy: the belief that God's promises to Israel (through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) have been expanded to create a spiritual people of "Israel," which consitutes the Christian "Church".
Christian Identity adherents engaging in such behavior are referred to as Phineas Priests or members of the Phineas Priesthood.
Christian Identity asserts that people of Europe are God's servant people according to the promises that were given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. /wiki/Christian_Identity   (3088 words) - What is Heresy?
Having thus endured the pain of rejection by other Christians, one would think that we would be quick to get rid of the idea of “heresy” altogether.
Although we have tried very hard to get along with and to work within traditional ministries and churches, we have often been excluded from Christian groups and even been considered unsaved.
The godly thing to do is to be clear on what truly constitutes “orthodoxy” (right belief), so that “heresy” (wrong belief) can be meaningfully defined. /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=67   (1715 words)

 Maronite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to modern Maronites, their forebears remained orthodox in the 5th and 6th centuries despite the strength of the Monophysite and Nestorian heresies in that region.
Even though they are considered Arab Christians, ethnically speaking, they are mainly Syriac-Aramaeans with a mix of Phoenician, Crusader, and Greeks.
For most of their history, however, the Maronites were instead accused of having fully adopted and embraced the Monothelite heresy. /wiki/Maronite_Christians   (1275 words)

 Phoenicia: The Maronites and Lebanon, A Brief History
There appears to be no evidence of any heresy and the Maronites adamantly deny that they were ever heretics and state that they have forever been faithful to the decrees of the Vatican.
As the hardships of the early Christian church continued more and more the faithful set all their hopes on the Maronite community where, in spite of persecutions and devastating wars, the spiritual leaders guided and protected their faithful with moderation and wisdom.
The Maronites were also described by Jaques de Vitry in his 'Historia Hierosolymitana' of the twelfth century 'men armed with bows and arrows, and skilful in battle, inhabit the mountains in considerable numbers, in the province of Phoenicia, not far from the town of Byblos. /maronites.html   (9496 words)

 Demons and witchcraft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Perhaps one of the few points on which Christian demonologists agree is in the belief that witchcraft is a heresy, induced by demons, and that a belief in witchcraft is an essential part of the Christian faith.
To Christian demonology demons are particularly pleased with the practice of witchcraft (including black magic) because it involves many sins, including attendance at the Sabbaths.
The Malleus Maleficarum intended by all possible means to prove that witchcraft was an essential belief in Christianity, induced by demons, and practised mostly by women. /wiki/Demons_and_witchcraft   (412 words)

 Aryan or American?
"Arian" was first used to describe a heresy in the Christian church which arose about 325 A.D. Arius preached that Christ was not divine, which contradicted general beliefs, at the time.
Americans, generally, have referred to themselves as Anglo-Saxons, over the years, referring to the British and Germanic origins of the nation and people.
A term which meant more than "I was born here" or "I served in uniform." Something to say, "I fight for the American nation, the American people and the American way of life." Some picked "patriot," "militiaman," "rightist," "America Firster," "Minuteman," "Americanist," "anti-communist," "Bircher," "Nationalist" or any number of labels to describe themselves. /alt/2000/sep/aryan.html   (1826 words)

 Saltshakers messianic community: messianic and christian articles
Again, a pamphlet "What is Western Fundamentalist Christian Zionism?", published in 1988 by the Middle East Council of Christian Churches says: "It must be emphasised at the outset that Christian Zionism is viewed by Middle Eastern churches as a new heresy and dangerous intrusion into the life of the people of the region.
Christian belief in the restoration of the Jews to the land of Israel, and their restoration as a nation, is founded solidly on the scriptures and rooted in three centuries of Bible believing protestant Christianity.
The term "Christian Zionism" which has become prominent relatively recently is in one sense unfortunate in that Zionism in its normal non-religious sense, is essentially a humanistic/political movement which indeed, through its early pioneers and leaders, sometimes repudiated divine involvement in the restoration of the Jewish people and in the new-born State of Israel. /midnight/chrzion1.htm   (3124 words)

The tyrant received Ambrose unfavourably and, on the plea, very honourable to the Saint, that he refused to hold communion with the bishops who had compassed the death of Priscillian (the first instance of capital punishment inflicted for heresy by a Christian prince) dismissed him summarily from his court.
In him the magnanimity of the Roman patrician was tempered by the meekness and charity of the Christian saint.
He is not the philosophic scholar meditating in silence and retirement on the truths of the Christian Faith, but the strenuous administrator, bishop, and statesman, whose writings are only the mature expression of his official life and labours. /cathen/01383c.htm   (5218 words)

 Armageddon, by Morgan Strong
The Christian right believes that only the apocalypse will purify the souls of the heretics, and the United States will be the instrument to bring forth God’s wrath.
The Christian right managed, through the rebirth of George Bush, to gain a good measure of influence over the most powerful nation on this earth.
That is why he and the Christian fundamentalists support Israel in their battle against the Palestinians. /orig/strong1.html   (930 words)

For a modern expression of Christian perfection, refer to the Constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council: "...all the faithful of Christ...are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity.
A Christian life must radiate with all the names describing the meaning of Christ: those we imitate and those we worship if the man of God is to be perfect and does not mutilate the good with anything evil as the Apostle says (2Tim 3.17).
Thus the Christian with an irrational beast's head would not be properly named, that is, if he is not attached in faith to the head of the universe which is the Word. /artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon/nyssa/perf.html   (11260 words)

 Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity (Walter Bauer).
Christianization of Jewish Sources Revisited: Issues of Method (Robert Kraft).
Theology and Mysticism in St. Gregory Nazianzen (Hilarion Alfeyev). /maqom   (2833 words)

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