History and Heresy: How Historical Forces Can Create Doctrinal Conflicts

History and Heresy: How Historical Forces Can Create Doctrinal Conflicts

by Joseph F. Kelly PhD

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God is beyond time, but every person is firmly planted in it. History impacts us endlessly, including the ways we understand the church and its teachings. This has been the case since the time of the earliest believers.

In History and Heresy, Joseph F. Kelly considers heresies and the historical forces that shaped them. In his customarily engaging style, he demonstrates that historical forces and human beings of particular historical eras play a major role in how both orthodoxy and heresy come into being and how they are understood. Far from reducing orthodoxy and heresy to historical forces, he shows rather that a grasp of the historical context of both is essential in understanding them and especially in determining what might be orthodox or heretical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814659991
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joseph F. Kelly, PhD, chair of the department of theology and religious studies at John Carroll University, is active in adult religious education in the Greater Cleveland area. The World of the Early Christians (1997), The Problem of Evil in the Western Tradition (2002), and History and Heresy (2012) are among his nine previous books published by Liturgical Press.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Defining Heresy and Authority 1

Chapter 2 Montanism 26

Chapter 3 Monophysitism 54

Chapter 4 The Cathars 81

Chapter 5 Roman Catholic Modernism 110

Chapter 6 Protestant Modernism and Fundamentalism 151

Chapter 7 Dealing with Heresy Today 188

Bibliography 206

Index 212

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