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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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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 and schisms.
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.