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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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But in the opinion of this reviewer, the given context is too thin; Boureau gives too little attention to alchemy and fails to acknowledge the strength of the influence of heretical movements and apocalyptic sentiments.
4.On the day of the visit, Ansar al Dawa al-Islamia posted a social media notice calling on Gazans to discontinue their cooperation with the "heretical Hamas regime." 5.The same group also claimed responsibility for a string of bombings outside Hamas headquarters and offices in Gaza during the month of May.
The problem is with this heretical mindset," Erdoy-an said.
Local councils, however, showed little interest in analysing abstract heretical beliefs, and focused on ways of identifying and declaring culpable movements and persons.
There are three basic positions regarding a heretical Pope.
The other investigates a very broad and misogynist attitude in which the refusal to marry or be subject to male dominance could be seen as heretical. Chaucer and Milton are sources for anti-heretical polemic but their definitions of heresy were widely divergent.
NICOLAUS COPERNICUS, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were at one time condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, has been reburied as a hero by Polish priests, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
From heretical beliefs and practices that proved more repressive than rival orthodox claims to multiple alternatives rejected when the church had no power to enforce one view over another, HERESY is a powerful historical perspective perfect for Christian collections strong in historical debates.
So much so that, two years after his public conversion, a major campaign among conservative Catholics to get him to "recant" his heretical support for things like gay marriage, stem cell research, condoms and abortion is in full swing.
He also traces the surprising afterlives of these debates in postwar arguments about the environment, neoconservative politics, and heretical forms of Jewish identity.