A Brief History of Heresy / Edition 1

A Brief History of Heresy / Edition 1

by G. R. Evans
     
 

This short and accessible book introduces readers to the problems of heresy, schism and dissidence over the last two millennia. The heresies under discussion range from Gnosticism, influential in the early Christian period, right through to modern sects.

The idea of a heretic conjures up many images, from the martyr prepared to die for religious beliefs, through

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This short and accessible book introduces readers to the problems of heresy, schism and dissidence over the last two millennia. The heresies under discussion range from Gnosticism, influential in the early Christian period, right through to modern sects.

The idea of a heretic conjures up many images, from the martyr prepared to die for religious beliefs, through to sects with bizarre practices. This book provides a remarkable insight into the fraught history of heresy, showing how the Church came to insist on orthodoxy when threatened by alternative ideals, exploring the social and political conditions under which heretics were created, and how those involved were ‘tested’ and punished, often by imprisonment and burning. Engagingly written, A Brief History of Heresy is enlivened throughout with fascinating examples of individuals and movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631235255
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series, #3
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1The Importance of Being United1
Forming Consensus5
The Papacy10
The Bible in the Hands of Heretics13
Areas Where Disagreement May be Allowed20
2The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith23
The Apostles' Creed24
The Nicene Creed29
Catechesis34
Misdirected Worship and Taking the Name of God in Vain38
Does the Faith 'Develop' Through History?41
The Content of the Creeds and the Question of Orthodoxy45
3The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Order47
'Disorder' at the Wild Fringes47
Orderliness53
Ministry and Order55
The Rigorist Dispute57
Schismatics59
Diaspora61
Orthopraxis62
4Classifying Heresies65
What Could be Imported from Ancient Philosophy?66
Incarnation and Christology67
The Augustinian Trio70
The Easter Controversy71
The Doctrine of Transubstantiation72
1054 and the Schism of East and West73
From Sect to 'Confessional Identity'76
The Power of a Name80
Categories of Unbelief83
Pinning Accusations to Suspected Heretics86
The Creation of a Critical Literature88
5Heresy and Social Challenge90
Popular Heresy: The Anti-establishment Dissidents Speak up for Themselves93
The Road to Dissent98
The Waldensians99
John Wyclif and the Lollard Movement106
Jan Hus110
The Hussite 'Movement'117
Social Consequences After the Middle Ages119
6Good and Evil123
The Medieval Dualists126
7Dealing with Heresy134
University Sermons136
The Preaching of the Heretics Themselves138
Crusade141
Inquisition142
The Change in the Balance of Power149
Living with Difference151
Conclusion157
Notes166
Further reading180
Index186

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