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A heresy is a false teaching on a particular subject

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Are any Christians outside of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches *not* considered to be heretics by the Catholic Church?

This question regarding whether the Catholic Church considers the Assyrian Church of the East to be heretics made me wonder: are any Christians outside the Catholic and Orthodox churches not ...
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What is the biblical basis for Semi-Pelagianism?

Broadly speaking, Semi-Pelagianism is the idea that while we are born sinners, we are capable of seeking God without a supernatural "override" of our nature, such as that of Calvinism's ...
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Are 'Nestorians' still considered heretics?

Are 'Nestorians' (Church of the East) still viewed as heretics by the Catholic Church? I asked this question because of the Common Christological Declaration between the Catholic Church and the ...
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What was the Cathars' / Albigensians' political philosophy?

What was the Cathars' or Albigensians' political philosophy? Was it the same as the Manicheans'? Who were these movements' prominent political philosopher-theologians? All these dualists thought that ...
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Was the theory of many extraterrestrial worlds considered blasphemous by the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century?

According to Martiniz A. A., the main accusation of Giordano Bruno from the inquisition is simply the ideas of many-worlds: No other accusation was invoked even half as much. In another reference ...
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If a Catholic believes scripture supports a heretical position, but denies that position himself based on the Magisterium, is he a heretic?

According to the Catholic Church, if a Catholic's own interpretation of scripture leads to a conclusion regarding what scripture says that the Catholic Church holds is heretical (for ex., denying ...
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According to Catholic Christology, is Dr. Craig’s view of Jesus’ knowledge heretical?

I was recently listening to an interview in which William Lane Craig argued that Jesus of Nazareth could not know something, but the divine logos (the second person of the trinity) could know ...
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Is there a standard definition of what 'heresy' is across Protestant denominations?

Different major branches of Christianity often understand certain terms differently. Is there a standard definition of 'heresy' across major Protestant denominations?
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Was there a time before the East-West schism where heretics outnumbered Catholics?

I am curious whether there was any one heresy that commanded a large enough following that the orthodox Catholics were outnumbered? The scope of this question is worldwide The point of view is the ...
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Does the Confessional Calvinism rule Arminianism as a heretic teaching?

While searching on the Web about the Synod of Dort, I have found this post on Heidelblog. It takes a long time preparing the ground to defend that the Arminianism is mere repackaged Pelagianism: Did ...
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Where did Chesterton's idea that a heresy was a fixation on a particular virtue within Christianity come from?

In Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton describes heresies as virtues gone wild and then attempts to connect a few dots to historical examples. When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was ...
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How do different denominations approach casting out heretics in the modern day church?

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from ...
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What is the most dangerous heresy that exists in the church today? [closed]

There are many heresies referenced in the New Testament and even more that have surfaced in the centuries since it was written. One is alluded to in the account of Simon Magus. 9Now there was a man ...
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What heresies have required (since the Reformation) 'rejection' after the 'first and second admonition' (Titus 3:10)?

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; ...
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Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe an expression of "The Modern Attack"?

When Hilaire Belloc wrote The Great Heresies there wasn't a great name for the modern materialist dogmatic theology, he referred to the culmination of enlightenment ideas that constitute the current ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can one be a heretic and still obtain salvation?

According to the Catholic Church, can one be a heretic and still obtain salvation? Are there different kinds of heresy that merit different answers?
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Was Isaac Newton a Heretic?

(Related to Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic?) Most know Sir Isaac Newton as the person who discovered gravity when he observed the fall of an apple or his discovery of light being a particle, but few are ...
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Would believing the coming again of the Son of Man has already happened be considered heretical by the Catholic Church?

Some Christians hold that the Second Coming of Jesus is yet to come, and some hold it has already happened (certain kinds of preterism). Would holding that Jesus in the Olivet discourse (Matthew 24:30,...
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Sin as a goal of man [closed]

God created Man. Only difference between human and animal is possibiity of sin. Hence God create man for only this purpose, commit sin. And from sin we glorify God. Are there exists in the past/...
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Eating eggs and cheese to refute heresy?

I recently finished the wonderful book 'Elder Zosima: the Hesychast of Siberia'. In it, Elder Basil becomes excessively zealous at one point and decides to fast from eggs and dairy permanently rather ...
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Is Panentheism a heresy?

I’ve been exploring Panentheism (not to be confused with Pantheism) and certain elements speak to my own experience of God. I also understand that this theology is embraced by some contemporary ...
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How did the early church fathers refute Adoptionism?

Adoptionism is a Christological heresy which denies the pre-existence of Jesus, and therefore denies Jesus's title as "God the Son" in the Trinitarian conception of the Christian God. See the ...
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Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic? [closed]

Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, wrote his own version of the Christian Gospels.[1] He called it The Gospel in Brief. In it, he mixed many beliefs of the different disciples. In ...
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What does it mean that the Believers Eastern Church (in Asia) is an "Ancient-Future Church"?

Recently I was asked a question about the Believers Eastern Church and have been doing some research to find out what they believe. Here is part of what I discovered: The founder and current ...
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What do we know about Arian liturgy?

I've done a lot of googling but can't turn up any information about what Arian liturgy was like. Apparently the "Mozarabic rite" in Spain is connected somehow to traditional Arian liturgy. I'm ...
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What is the general Christian view on fantasy works such as Tolkien's Silmarillion?

I've just read Silmarillion for the second time in my life. The last time was 20 years ago. In short, it's basically a "fantasy bible", starting out extremely abstract with how God creates these ...
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Do Catholics consider Catholic Church as a heresy of the Orthodox church?

A succession of ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek Eastern Church and Latin West Church pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054. Prominent among these ...
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Which heresy did Spurgeon accuse Pusey of?

I have been asked to explain what Charles Spurgeon meant when he said "Puseyism" was heretical. Apparently, Charles Spurgeon brought this up in his sermons. I have done some initial research and ...
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Is there any good book on history of the heresy of Modernism?

Is there any good book on the history of the heresy of Modernism (=synthesis of all heresies)? I am interested in how modernism came to be and how it survived St. Pius X attack on it. It would be good ...
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What were the 45 theologians' theological censures of «Amoris Lætitia»?

On June 29, 2016, 45 theologians from all over the world presented a critical study of Amoris Lætitia to the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. (source)cf. "Filial Correction of ...
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How did the "dubia cardinals" accuse and respond to Pope Francis's «Amoris Lætitia»?

How did the "dubia cardinals" accuse and respond to Pope Francis's Amoris Lætitia?
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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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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 ...