Historically effective and powerful heresies
are not simply assertions deriving from stupidity, obstinacy and inadequate information.
Scholem's antipathy to both heresies
is more complex, but nevertheless is presented as a plausible reading of his thought development.
The extent to which an awareness of these heresies
and barely tolerated theologies percolated below the rarefied level of university disputation is a matter the book deals with in respect of the vernacular authors such as Langland and Chaucer, who betray awareness of contemporary theological debates.
Living, Loving, And Other Heresies
is a work of prose and poetry by Zsolt, a gifted author, musician, dancer and teacher.
But for many other theologians, the hyperbole, historical inaccuracies, sloppy or nonexistent scholarship, and the presentation of church heresies
as truth make any serious consideration of the book appalling.
Had it not been for these fearless people who "are overturning one of the most sinister heresies
of the past," I would probably be dead now--either from illness or suicide.
Of course it does -- and toward the heresies
of Harold Bloom and the penetrating psychological analyses of Avivah Zornb erg and the staggering (and entirely legitimate) liberties of Talmud and Midrash.
Since many of the best ideas in human history began as heresies
, we do well to be careful before passing judgment on anything.
The open ing page of the editors' introduction implies that the reburters of the authenticity of the De Doctrina are motivated by a desire to eradicate Milton's heresies
in the name of orthodoxy, rather than for the sake of good scholarship (1), a view that understates their scholarly motivations.
The overwhelming majority of heresies
in the church today are of the material, not the formal, kind.
That light of the sun, which illumines this entire mass of the earth with its rays," wrote Smotryc'kyj "seems in these most lamentable times to be Your Holiness' fortunate pontificate of the Church of God, and all the more brilliant the more it is obscured by the clouds of so many heresies
9) However, the term acquired a wider use during the Abbasid period to include not only those who preached heresies
deemed to be a threat to the state and to Islam, but also those who exhibited irreverence toward The Shari'a, and libertarian tendencies.