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  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.
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).
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Heresy   (4094 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.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07256b.htm   (6573 words)

 heresy - Encyclopedia of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In Christianity, the orthodox theology of the church is thought to be based on divine revelation, and heretics are viewed as perversely rejecting the guidance of the church.
In the 12th–13th century, the Inquisition was established to combat heresy, and heretics who refused to recant were often executed.
In Christianity, where the term is essentially located, Roman Catholic theologians distinguish 'formal heresy' (the grave sin of wilful persistence in error) and 'material heresy' (the holding of heretical doctinres through no fault of one's own).
www.religion-encyclopedia.com /H/heresy.htm   (686 words)

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Yet the subject of heresy in general is of the highest importance to the individual and to society, and heresy in its particular meaning (which is that of heresy in Christian doctrine) is of special interest for anyone who would understand Europe: the character of Europe and the story of Europe.
Heresy means, then, the warping of a system by "Exception": by "Picking out" one part of the structure[1] and implies that the scheme is marred by taking away one part of it, denying one part of it, and either leaving the void unfilled or filling it with some new affirmation.
No one calls the mass of modern practice and affirmation upon divorce a heresy, but a heresy it clearly is because its determining characteristic is the denial of the Christian doctrine of marriage and the substitution therefore of another doctrine, to wit, that marriage is but a contract and a terminable contract.
www.ewtn.com /library/HOMELIBR/HERESY1.TXT   (2239 words)

 Christian Heresy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heresy as generally defined as a departure from the traditional Christian beliefs; the creation of new ideas, rituals and forms of worship within the Christian church.
His heresy arose as he openly disagreed with the definition of the Christian creed of AD 433 in its condemnation of Nestorianism.
Pelagianism was a heresy altogether different than the other major heresies to occupy religious minds during the time of the late Roman empire.
www.roman-empire.net /religion/heresy.html   (2714 words)

Thus, the person who is objectively in heresy is not formally guilty of heresy if 1) their ignorance of the truth is due to their upbringing in a particular religious tradition (to which they may even be scrupulously faithful), and 2) they are not morally responsible for their ignorance of the truth.
This canon is saying that once a person willingly repudiates Christ, embraces a heresy, knowing it to be contrary to divine and Catholic faith, or refuses submission to the Roman Pontiff (or communion with the members of the Church subject to him), by virtue of the law itself they are automatically excommunicated.
This means that someone who has formally separated himself from the Church through heresy or schism, or knowing the Church to be true failed to enter her, cannot be saved, unless of course they renounce their own will and reconcile with the Church.
www.ewtn.com /expert/answers/heresy_schism_apostasy.htm   (1588 words)

 WildPalm : Series 60 Software : Heresy AI Composer
Heresy is theretically capable of generating up to 4 billion squared compositions (9223372036854775808 !!) in each style, all of which will sound musically 'correct'.
Heresy has an in-built knowledge of music theory, which is applied to every stage of the composition process.
Heresy is therefore unable to generate tunes which do not fit this, and is therefore unable to generate tunes which are not musically correct.
www.wildpalm.co.uk /heresy.html   (556 words)

 Bad Subjects: 'The Defendant Is a Pure Heretic': Notes from an Infidel
A heresy claim, then, becomes an empty and cynical accusation: he is what I am and we both believe the same, but the court should hold him liable for his belief.
Heresy denunciations are being used with increasing frequency throughout the Middle East to attain domestic or political aims.
Heresy claims are a blunt means of attaining or preserving power by attacking religious or secular heterodoxy.
www.eserver.org /bs/51/lockard.html   (7293 words)

 Definition of Heresy
The term heresy connotes, etymologically, both a choice and the thing chosen, the meaning being, however, narrowed to the selection of religious or political doctrines, adhesion to parties in Church or State.
Arianism (q.v.) is the first heresy that gained a strong footing in the Church and seriously endangered its very nature and existence.
The history of heresy verifies this prediction and shows, moreover, that the greater number of the victims of the sword is on the side of the faithful adherents of the one Church founded by Christ.
www.ourladyswarriors.org /dissent/defnhrsy.htm   (6553 words)

 Heresy of Mohammed — The Founder of Islam, the faith of Muslims
After this first phase of the great heresies, when they are in their initial vigour and spread like a flame from man to man, there comes a second phase of decline, lasting, apparently (according to some obscure law), through about five or six generations: say a couple of hundred years or a little more.
The adherents of the heresy grow less numerous and less convinced until at last only quite a small number can be called full and faithful followers of the original movement.
It would seem as though the Great Heresies were granted an effect proportionate to the lateness of their appearance in the story of Christendom.
www.trosch.org /bks/mohammed.html   (12795 words)

 All About Heresy, by Michael Horton
Heresy almost always creates and accents its own sensationalism, but the truth relies on proclamation of the gospel for its success.
For centuries, theologians have distinguished between formal heresy, which is the persistent and stubborn denial of a fundamental doctrine, even though one has been instructed in the truth, and material heresy, in which one embraces a doctrine that is itself heretical, but embraces it in ignorance.
These have always been considered the vices of heresy, but in modern liberalism and evangelicalism they are often regarded as signs of special enlightenment or novel insights that have escaped the darkened wits of past generations.
www.modernreformation.org /mh94heresy.htm   (2941 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Heresy
Heresy, any religious doctrine opposed to the dogma of a particular church, especially a doctrine held by a person professing faith in the teachings of that church.
The term, which originally meant a belief that one arrived at by oneself, is used to denote sectarianism in the Acts of the Apostles and in the Epistles of Saint Paul.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
www.fusionanomaly.net /heresy.html   (1507 words)

 What is an Heretic?
The negative effect of this traditional understanding of heresy upon the unity of the Church is obvious.
Heresy cannot reliably be diagnosed by comparing individuals' or other groups' doctrinal positions or practices to the traditions of my own group and calling any that don't match well "heretical." This is so because organizational traditions sometimes support heretical positions.
Rather, the essence of heresy is division in the Body of Christ, and an "heretic" is one who stealthily introduces division into that Body in order to increase his own power or wealth.
www.angelfire.com /ks2/fallacies/heretic.html   (3777 words)

 Online Etymology Dictionary
heresie, from L. hæresis, "school of thought, philosophical sect," used by Christian writers for "unorthodox sect or doctrine," from Gk.
1846, heresy holding that the body of Jesus was a phantom, 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).
www.etymonline.com /index.php?search=heresy&searchmode=none   (459 words)

 Apostate Café: Introduction to Christian Heresy
Heresy is defined an opinion or doctrine at variance with religious orthodoxy.
It is important, when discussing such matters, to acknowledge the fine lines between heresy, apostasy, and schism: heresy is a variance from orthodox opinion; apostasy is an abandonment of faith; and and schism is division of a religious body.
The major heresies fall into three categories: heresies of the nature of Christ; heresies of the Trinity; and heresies of man and salvation.
www.apostate.com /religion/heresy-primer.html   (992 words)

 Kerry cited in Catholic heresy case - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - July 01, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A Catholic lawyer has filed heresy charges against Sen. John Kerry with the Archdiocese of Boston, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of bringing "most serious scandal to the American public" by receiving Holy Communion as a pro-choice Catholic.
Father Espelage said church officials, not politicians, are the ones usually accused of heresy.
Balestrieri said he filed the heresy charge — plus an additional complaint charging "harm" to himself as a result of Mr.
www.washingtontimes.com /national/20040630-111108-2541r.htm   (575 words)

 Heresy (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Paul ranks "heresies" with crimes and seditions (Gal.
Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God (2 Pet.
Peter and John were falsely accused of heresy by the Sanhedrim (Acts 4:1-23; 5:17-41).
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/heresy.html   (101 words)

 The Bible and Christian Heresies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heresy is the rejection of established beliefs of a religious body, or adherence to "other beliefs." The word "heresy" comes from the Greek word hairesis or choice.
This heresy emerged in about 110 C. The term "docetism" is derived from the Greek word dokesis, "to seem." Ignatius warned the church of Smyrna of the danger of this new heresy.
The fourth church council Chalcedon declared this belief to be heresy in 451.
gbgm-umc.org /umw/bible/heresies.stm   (1880 words)

 Heresy Hunters
Heresy must be dealt with in the church, but our way of dealing with it may not be God's way of dealing with it.
Paul was frequently the target of criticism by heresy hunters, and the Corinthian Church was a church that received these sayings against Paul - because of their immaturity.
Remember, everybody is open game with one who makes their entire ministry a "heresy hunter" because most of them do not fear God in teaching the scriptures and they think nothing of accusing entire ministries and movements and ministers by name.
www.templebuilders.com /articles/heresy.htm   (3682 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.
www.apologeticsindex.org /h27.html   (1175 words)

At that of Beauvais (1114) the case of Neo-Manichæans in the Diocese of Soissons was brought up, but was referred to the council shortly to be held in the latter city.
The Third General Council of the Lateran (1179) renewed the previous severe measures and issued a summons to use force against the heretics, who were plundering and devastating Albi, Toulouse, and the vicinity.
Innocent III, in view of the immense spread of the heresy, which infected over 1000 cities or towns, called (1207) upon the King of France, as Suzerain of the County of Toulouse, to use force.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01267e.htm   (2060 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Tyndale's Heresy
This is an examination of William Tyndale's translation of the Bible (1525) and the reason why he was condemned for heresy.
Phrasing it this way makes it sound as if the heresy Tyndale was condemned for was the act of translating the Bible into English.
In fact, he was first tried for heresy in 1522, three years before his translation of the New Testament was printed.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=4749   (1216 words)

Ignatius of Antioch termed theological error a heresy and, in the later Church, heresy, as deliberate adherence to 'false' doctrine, was condemned as sinful.
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.
www.bibletexts.com /glossary/heresy.htm   (5615 words)

 AskWhy! on Heresy and the Inquisition 2 - Christianity Revealed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Apostasy, heresy and blasphemy were crimes that angered God particularly and had to be punished in the ways God expected.
In the early Middle Ages, investigation of heresy was a duty of the bishops.
Thus a wholly pious movement was declared as heresy by the Church.
www.askwhy.co.uk /christianity/0811Inquisition.html   (7823 words)

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