Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth

Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth

by Alister McGrath


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ISBN-13: 9780061998997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 403,254
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England, and lectures regularly in the United States.

Table of Contents

foreword Dr. Rick Warren v

introduction Our Love Affair with Heresy 1

part 1 What is Heresy?

1 Faith, Creeds, and the Christian Gospel 17

2 The Origins of the Idea of Heresy 33

part 2 The Roots of Heresy

3 Diversity: The Background of Early Heresy 43

4 The Early Development of Heresy 61

5 Is There an "Essence" of Heresy? 81

part 3 The Classic Heresies of Christianity

6 Early Classic Heresies: Ebionitism, Docetism, Valentinism 101

7 Later Classic Heresies: Arianism, Donatism, Pelagianism 135

part 4 The Enduring Impact of Heresy

8 Cultural and Intellectual Motivations for Heresy 175

9 Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Power 197

10 Heresy and the Islamic View of Christianity 223

conclusion The Future of Heresy 231

Notes 235

Index 271

What People are Saying About This

Dallas Willard

“Alister McGrath helps us understand what heresy is and why it exercises a powerful attraction upon the human mind. It is full of illuminating historical discussions and insights into the motivations that lead people to adopt heresy as a style of life and a personal demeanor.”

Justo L. Gonzalez

“Not only a riveting story of ancient controversies, but also a much needed and timely correction to the commonly held notion that heretics were mostly free thinkers who challenged a narrow and closed orthodoxy.”

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