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Download e-book for iPad: A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of by G. R. Evans

By G. R. Evans

ISBN-10: 0631235256

ISBN-13: 9780631235255

ISBN-10: 0631235264

ISBN-13: 9780631235262

I simply accomplished this convenient little ebook and located it very illuminating. It provides a heritage of ways dissent got here to be outlined as "heresy", which have been the real ones from the time of Saint Augustine and after, and why it really is tricky to evangelise the "social gospel" even at the present time. i want to learn the various different books during this sequence.

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These took the form of questions and standard answers, which the child simply learned by heart. Misdirected Worship and Taking the Name of God in Vain A good deal of the teaching which has caused most anxiety because it disturbed the unity of the faith has done so because it was so close to the accepted truth and yet not quite ‘there’. It has often derived from a desire to protect something precious. Dualism, the belief that there are two opposing supreme powers in the universe, for example, can be fired by a wish to preserve the goodness of God from the faintest imputation of responsibility for evil.

Anything else is mere personal opinion. 23 But where Scripture seems to him to give a clear lead, Wyclif will not submit to the Church’s teaching. In his On the Truth of Holy Scripture 24 Wyclif regards the Bible as the repository of all truth and as inerrant. 25 Wyclif was not hostile to the Church of earlier times. 26 18 The Importance of Being United Heretics who thought like this were separating the Bible and the Church, and taking the Bible to be the only safe and sufficient guide. 29 This theory of ‘self-evidency’ implicitly assumes that the faithful, reading the Bible for themselves, will have the guidance of the Holy Spirit to ensure that they do not go astray, for it is the Spirit which makes its meaning ‘clear’.

Some of the ‘Spirit-led’ have also ‘rejected the world’ in a dramatic manner. The concept of the ‘world-renouncer’ is not confined to Christian history. 1 Christianity had some success in ‘containing’ the desire to become ‘an outsider for God’ within the formal structures of the religious ‘orders’. 480–550), who founded a monastery at Monte Cassino from which sprang Benedictine monasticism. Hermits were the exception and they frequently had a link with a nearby monastery, living the eremitical (hermit) life in its grounds.

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