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HERESY, Eng. law. The adoption of any erroneous religious tenet, not warranted by the established church.
     2. This is punished by the deprivation of certain civil rights, and by fine and imprisonment. 1 East, P. C. 4.
     3. In other countries than England, by heresy is meant the profession, by Christians, of religious opinions contrary to the dogmas approved by the established church of the respective countries. For an account of the origin and progress of the laws against heresy, see Giannoni's Istoria di Napoli, vol. 3, pp, 250, 251, &c.
     4. in the United State, happily, we have no established religion; there can, therefore, be no legal heresy. Vide Apostacy; Christianity.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This would almost lead to the heresy of predestination.
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In a survey of recent scholarship about inquisitions, historians and scholars of literature in various European languages, focus primarily on the origins, machinery, and operations of heresy inquisitions at different periods and in various contexts.
The statement said that the governor dissociated himself from the inscriptions describing it as heresy.
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Synopsis: "Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy" by Adam Powell (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, NC.) seeks both to demonstrate the salience of "heresy" as a tool for analyzing instances of religious conflict far beyond the borders of traditional historical theology and to illuminate the apparent affinity for deification exhibited by some persecuted religious movements.
The essays began as papers given at a symposium in Wurzburg in 2011 that queried Jansenism as a "Catholic heresy." The published format evinces several deficiencies.
I was very surprised to read, in the same issue [page 14], the article (Christian Zionism a 'heresy,' says Anglican priest) by Neale Adams concerning Canon Naim Ateek, and wondered why you do not apply the same principle to people you quote in articles.
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In the same issue, Alice Camille's article on heresy ("The good news about heresy," Testaments) was bang on.