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A heresy is a false teaching on a particular subject

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What word describes the heresy of “Jesus is the Son of Himself”?

Preface This question is the result of a personal thought experiment and is for curiosity sake. I do not profess nor believe the following statement. Background Those who believe in the ...
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Do the Catholics consider Orthodox Christians heretics?

The Orthodox Christians consider Catholics heretics. But what is the opposite case?
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What is the current Vatican's position on the Council of Constance (regarding John Wycliffe) in 1415?

Wikipedia documents the following which occurred after the death (from a stroke) of John Wycliffe in 1384, at the age of 64 : The Council of Constance declared Wycliffe a heretic on 4 May 1415, and ...
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List of old heresies condemned by the Catholic Church now present in Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses

The title says it all, I'd like a list of all heresies condemned by the Catholic Church, but note this, it must be before the Protestant Reformation. This time specifically those heresies identified ...
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List of old heresies condemned by the Catholic Church now present in Lutheranism and Calvinism

The title says it all, I'd like a list of all heresies condemned by the Catholic Church before the Reformation. This time specifically those identified in Lutheranism and 5 point Calvinism.
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Has the Catholic Church ever excommunicated someone based on their ideology?

I know the Catholic Church excommunicates Catholics who join Freemasonic lodges, as well as Catholics who the Church judges to be willful heretics. But has the Church ever excommunicated a Catholic ...
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On what grounds was Arius refuted at the First Council of Nicaea?

What proof does anyone have that Christ was the same and identical as the one He called "Father" even when Christ himself said in John 14:10... Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that ...
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What is the biblical basis for Docetism?

Docetism is the belief that Jesus never took a physical, corporeal form, but He was instead solely spiritual in nature. Passages such as 1 John 2:15, Galatians 5:17, and Romans 7:18 could be ...
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How does the Catholic Church view Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

How does the Catholic Church view Penal Substitutionary Atonement (as formulated within the Reformed tradition)? A comment on this question, states that PSA 'has been declared doctrinal heresy'. Is ...
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What is the status of Humbert's views on the efficacy of sacraments in Catholicism?

Humbert of Silva Candida was an important medieval theologian, best known for his involvement in the excommunication of the Patriarch of Constantinople in 1054. He was also a vocal proponent of a ...
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What did the fathers of the early church think of Tertullian?

Today, Tertullian (c. AD 155–240) has something of a mixed reputation in many Christian circles. He's recognized as a significant thinker and a major contributor to the doctrine of the Trinity. But ...
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Which pre-Nicene Christians who helped shape the trinity doctrine are now considered heretics?

There were several theologians in the early centuries of Christianity whose knowledge of Platonism and other Greek philosophy helped shape what is now known as the trinity doctrine. For example, ...
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Are any fundamental Protestant beliefs historically heretical?

People tell me that heresy is a belief that goes against orthodoy, the core Christian doctrine believed by "most Christians, in most times, in most places." Many Protestant commentators make a big ...
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What differences are there between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understanding of the sacrament of marriage?

I read somewhere a couple of years ago that Eastern Orthodox believe marriages contracted on earth, remain in place in heaven (however it is impossible to get married once you arrive in heaven). ...
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Catholicism - Consequences of not believing in all dogmas

What are the consequences according to the Catholic Church for members of the Catholic Church in case of not believing in all dogmas? For example Rejecting the notion of the bodily ascension or ...
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Where did Roman Catholicism connect modern heresies with the Reformation?

Protestant theologian R. C. Sproul, in his series Contemporary Theology, comments on Rome's view of the connection between the Reformation and modern heresies: In the latter part of the 19th ...
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How is it that Georgian Orthodox Church are in full communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church when they have a different biblical canon?

There is a table on this wikipedia page which indicates that the Georgian Orthodox Church accepts 2 Esdras 3–14 (4 Ezra) and 4 Maccabees as part of their biblical canon, whereas the rest of the ...
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In the Catholic Church, is there a punishment for “heresy”?

Things are often referred to as "heretical" in Catholic literature and doctrine. As a lifelong Protestant (Pentecostal), I am very very inexperienced with the way the Catholic Church is run. The ...
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Did anyone who was a part of the Counter reformation consider Luther to be the Antichrist?

Were there any writings from the counter-reformation which had arguments in support of the idea that Martin Luther was a/the Antichrist? He seems to fit the bill. He initiated a great apostasy from ...
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What is the theological justification for believing in the real presence of Mary in the Eucharist?

I stumbled across the wikipedia article for a sedevacantist, schismatic Catholic group called the Palmarian Catholic Church which states that this group has also declared the Real Presence of the ...
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Can a Pope elevate a non-heretical yet minority opinion to the level of dogma?

For example, the empty Hell theory is a relatively recent theological theory that states that Hell is real, but it is empty and will always be empty. There is nothing in this doctrine that conflicts ...
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Can a pope be a heretic?

Say for example a Pope infallibly declares that Mary was not a virgin, and is currently rotting in Hell. This obviously contradicts established Catholic Dogma. What would happen in this case? Would ...
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How did John Calvin reconcile killing followers of opposing religious views with the New Testament?

I was reading about persecutions by Christians and was wondering if the persecutors justified their violence with passages of the bible and how they reconciled that with the teachings of Jesus. In ...
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Refuting British Israelism

I am looking for materials and/or sources and answers to aid in my research of refuting the belief of British Israelism. Someone at my church is a believer in this and has provided me with materials ...
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When did a “formal act of correction” of a pope's statement happen in the past?

In this article Cardinal Raymond Burke has now indicated the cardinals are contemplating a “formal correction” should the pope fail to address their concerns. Also, he states: Historically, in the ...
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Are the five propositions condemned by Cum occasione in the Augustinus?

This simple question was the center of the quarrel around Port-Royal and the efficacious grace in the 17th century in France. In fact, the defenders of Cornelius Jansen’s Augustinus argued that they ...
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According to Reformed theology, is teaching a false Trinitarian concept considered blasphemy?

There are several people that do not understand the trinity. I hear things such as "God is like water. He is liquid, steam, and solid". This analogy actually comes with a longer explanation about how ...
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Why is denial of the primacy of the bishop of Rome considered a Schism, not a Heresy?

Why is denial of the primacy of the bishop of Rome considered a Schism, not a Heresy? Disclaimer: I'm interesting only in authoritative answer according to the Roman Catholic Doctrine. The Papal ...
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Is Meister Eckhart's teaching condemned by the Roman Catholic Church?

Meister Eckhart was a thirteenth-fourteenth century philosopher, theologian, and mystic who lived and worked in the Dominican Order. In later life, he was accused of heresy and brought up before the ...
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How was Pelagianism originally formally defined?

The terms "Pelagianism" and "Semipelagianism" are often used in polemical contexts, but what was specifically anathematized by the church when the Pelagian heresy was originally condemned?
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Could Satan have created the “World”? [closed]

According to Genesis 1:31, all that God created was good. However, not only in the human realm, but also in nature, there is much that seems violent and evil. Darwin, for example, could not conceive ...
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What denominations consider Apocrypha to be heretical?

Over several years I have asked several pastors and preachers of differing denominations to comment on some books considered to be Apocrypha. Most generally my question was ignored, but on a couple of ...
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Is the Star Wars “Church of the Force” a revival of the Manichaean heresy?

Lots of Christian movie critics have been going on and on about the new Star Wars movies of late and some bring up a good point: “Darkness” and “light” are notable themes in Gnostic and especially ...
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Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?

My question spawns from an explanation of 1 John 1:9 provided by the very popular protestant resource GotQuesitons.org. It seems to me that the answer given has holes in it, which I would like, ...
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Have any noteworthy church councils denounced Full Preterism as heresy?

Full preterists believe that all prophecies in the Bible have already been fulfilled, including those related to the final resurrection, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Final Judgment. I have ...
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Are there any historical examples of Binitarianism? [duplicate]

This is a term I coined myself (and do not advocate) but within Christian history most if not all of the ways someone could be a Trinitarian heretic found historical expression. I'm wondering if there ...
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Are Russian Orthodox Christians considered heretics by Roman Catholicism?

I heard that Russian Orthodox Christians are considered heretics by Catholics. Are there any official Catholic doctrines, documents or quotes that deny or confirm this statement?
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Are there any followers of Catharism today?

I'm interested by Catharism. Is there anywhere in Christendom where this faith has reappeared since being suppressed in the Middle Ages? I know that today some people in France, near Spain, are ...
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What is Thomas Aquinas' perspective on salvation for baptized heretics who believe in the Trinity?

St. Thomas Aquinas is praised globally for his intellect, and such has gained him the merit of being a 'Doctor of the Church'. I am curious about several things though: What are Aquinas's views on ...
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Did the early church condemn the teaching that God the Father is a person with a body living in space somewhere?

I have spent my life under the impression that the belief that God the Father is a humanoid being possessing a body and living somewhere in the universe in a manner similar to ourselves is a named ...
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What must we do if the vast majority of the members of the Catholic Church here on earth profess heresy and are thus excommunicate?

What must faithful Christians do if the vast majority of the members of the Church here on earth, including those comprising the hierarchy or even the Pope, profess heresy (and are thus excommunicate)?...
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Was Mohammed a Christian? [closed]

When Islam was first founded there were some who considered it to be a heresy. 1 It wasn't until Mohammed was 40 years old that he claimed he was visited by the angel Gabriel and received his first ...
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Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?

What's the official name (if any) of the teaching that the soul of a man exists even before he is conceived and that at the moment of conception his soul gets simply "connected" to his newly conceived ...
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How do Trinitarians explain that the Logos is a person?

This question is inspired by What "Word" is John talking about in John 1:1? He argues that the Logos is an impersonal Word of God which He used to create the world just as our own words are impersonal....
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What is the gist of CARM's criticism of Joyce Meyer?

Joyce Meyer was accused of false teaching by CARM. I can find no response from Joyce Meyer ministries as to misrepresentation, and CARM refer to some poor audio tapes and her book written in 1993. I'm ...
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Were Luther and Calvin Aphthartodocetists?

Julian of Halicarnassus (d. 527) was condemned at a council in Constantinople in 536. In denying a distinction between ousia (common essence) and physis (particular nature), Julian was faced with the ...
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Was Emperor St. Justinian an Aphthartodocetist?

Ss. Eutychius of Constantinople and Anastasius of Antioch were deposed and exiled because they openly opposed Emperor St. Justinian's edict in 564 on Aphthartodocetism, the belief that Christ's body, ...
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What is the basis for the claim that Judaism is a Christian Heresy?

NOTE: This question is asking about anti-semitic claim, not endorsing it By necessity, it must include the quote. The point is not to be anti-semitic, but rather to understand the basis of the anti-...
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What is the traditional view of Divine Command Theory in accordance to the Reformed tradition?

Wikipedia gives the following definition: Divine command theory is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action's status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. ...
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How does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America handle heresies?

As far as I know, I am aware, from a simple Google search, that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, considers the twofold rule of God ...