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Title:
A brief history of heresy
Author:
Evans, G. R. (Gillian Rosemary)
Publication Information:
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xvi, 195 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780631235255

9780631235262
Format :
Book

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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 martyrs prepared to die for their 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. Engaging written, A Brief History of Heresy is enlivened throughout with fascinating examples of individuals and movements. A short, accessible history of heresy. Spans the last two millennia, from the Gnostics through to modern sects. Considers heresy in relation to ecclesial separatism, doctrinal disagreement, church order, and basic metaphysics. Enlivened with intriguing examples of individuals and movements. Written by a leading academic in the field of Religious History.


Author Notes

G. R. Evans is Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge. She was for ten years a prominent member of the Church and Order Advisory Group of the Church of England, and is a former diarist for The Church Times


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. x
1 The Importance of Being Unitedp. 1
Forming Consensusp. 5
The Papacyp. 10
The Bible in the Hands of Hereticsp. 13
Areas Where Disagreement May be Allowedp. 20
2 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faithp. 23
The Apostles' Creedp. 24
The Nicene Creedp. 29
Catechesisp. 34
Misdirected Worship and Taking the Name of God in Vainp. 38
Does the Faith 'Develop' Through History?p. 41
The Content of the Creeds and the Question of Orthodoxyp. 45
3 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Orderp. 47
'Disorder' at the Wild Fringesp. 47
Orderlinessp. 53
Ministry and Orderp. 55
The Rigorist Disputep. 57
Schismaticsp. 59
Diasporap. 61
Orthopraxisp. 62
4 Classifying Heresiesp. 65
What Could be Imported from Ancient Philosophy?p. 66
Incarnation and Christologyp. 67
The Augustinian Triop. 70
The Easter Controversyp. 71
The Doctrine of Transubstantiationp. 72
1054 and the Schism of East and Westp. 73
From Sect to 'Confessional Identity'p. 76
The Power of a Namep. 80
Categories of Unbeliefp. 83
Pinning Accusations to Suspected Hereticsp. 86
The Creation of a Critical Literaturep. 88
5 Heresy and Social Challengep. 90
Popular Heresy: The Anti-establishment Dissidents Speak up for Themselvesp. 93
The Road to Dissentp. 98
The Waldensiansp. 99
John Wyclif and the Lollard Movementp. 106
Jan Husp. 110
The Hussite 'Movement'p. 117
Social Consequences After the Middle Agesp. 119
6 Good and Evilp. 123
The Mediaeval Dualistsp. 126
7 Dealing with Heresyp. 134
University Sermonsp. 136
The Preaching of the Heretics Themselvesp. 138
Crusadep. 141
Inquisitionp. 142
The Change in the Balance of Powerp. 149
Living with Differencep. 151
Conclusionp. 157
Notesp. 166
Further readingp. 180
Indexp. 186

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