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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.

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With their list of seven supposed heresies, they also ask that he grant them his apostolic blessing.
The campaign seeks to immunize society in the Kingdom from deviant ideas as well as utter lies and heresies that could lead people off track," the Grand Mufti said.
Irenaeus' best-known book, Adversus Haereses or Against Heresies (c.
In the collection of the writings of von Hildebrand called The Charitable Anathema (Roman Catholic Books) there is a chapter on the heresies and errors of de Chardin called "Teilhard de Chardin: Toward a New Religion" Von Hildebrand says, "I had the occasion to speak to Teilhard personally.
Despite polemicists' efforts to argue otherwise, heresies do not stand outside time, beguiling Christians with theological temptations and the promise of secret knowledge.
On one hand, the Fourth Lateran Council is an important indicator of the move to gather heresies under one category of condemned beliefs and practices in opposition to an increasingly better-defined orthodoxy.
Irenaeus on the Christian faith; a condensation of Against heresies.
Although colonial processes can be traced back to European antiquity, Silverblatt's and Horswell's articles suggest the creation of new racial concepts, the design of mixed discourses, and the emergence of inquisitorial practices with heresies no longer limited to deviations from religious orthodoxy, rather, plagued with fears of spiritual, intellectual, and material contamination as well as of ignorance and superstition, now often found among the same authorities charged with the Holy Tribunal.
In past works he advanced the idea that heresies identified by churchmen were largely the products of their own systematizing tendencies, and this work continues that theme.
Or take the illustration provided by the treatise Against Heresies written by St.
The book's particular focus is on three German-Jewish thinkers--Hans Jonas, Leo Strauss, and Gershom Scholem--each of whom attempts to address these heresies.