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A heresy is a false teaching on a particular subject

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How best to analyse Moral Therapeutic Deism from the viewpoint of biblically-centered Reformed Protestantism?

I only heard this term a few days ago. Although I’ve had to go to various web-sites to try to find out about it, I feel confusion growing and seek help from Reformed Protestants. At first, I thought ...
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Is there a name for the heresy that Christ in heaven no longer has a human body or nature?

I have encountered a guy online who insists that Christ no longer has human flesh or a human body. Sometimes he seems to say that Christ no longer has a human nature but I haven't been able to pin ...
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Why did the Catholic Church ban Pascal's Pensées?

The Wikipedia page for Blaise Pascal's apologetic work Pensées says that the Catholic Church banned the book: However as conflicting with the orthodoxy of the Catholic Church it has been forbidden to ...
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Scriptural support for trusting Scripture over private revelation

Several sects place a high premium on personal spiritual experience and/or personal revelation as a means for discovering Truth. For example: angelic visitations, miracles, dreams, visions, LDS's &...
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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

The answers and comments to this question have made it clear that transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic Dogma. Of Dogma the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The Church's Magisterium asserts ...
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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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Connections Between "Gates of Hell" and Heresies from a Catholic Standpoint

Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Douay-Rheims) Some commentary regarding the &...
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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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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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Can manifest heretics be occult non-heretics?

Can manifest heretics be occult non-heretics?
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Why would popes choose the name Pelagius in light of the Pelagian heresy?

I was checking out the list of pope names by frequency on Wikipedia in search of minutia to defend my assertion that Pope Francis was the first new Pope name a long time and noticed that there were ...
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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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Are there any surviving (English translated) works by Athanasius about the Apollinarian heresy?

As I've looked around the internet at reactions to Athanasius' magnum opus On the Incarnation, I've seen some accusations of latent Apollinarism. The work was published before the Apollinarian heresy ...
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Do Catholics have a religious duty to report possible cases of heresy committed by a priest to their local bishop?

I am a life-long Catholic. At almost all of the Catholic Churches I have attended over the years, the priests there have given sermons based on various Biblical passages/parables which have always ...
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Was Nestorius Ever Excommunicated by the Catholic Church?

From what I gather, Nestorius rejected Mary as the Theotokos (which means "God-bearer") and proposed instead that she merely be called, the Christotokos; or rather, "Christ-bearer" ...
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Who said, "Heresies Survive by the Truths They Retain"?

On pg. 7 of the 1938 edition of The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc, he writes: Wherefore it is said of heresies that ``they survive by the truths they retain.'' He does not seem to specify who ...
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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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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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According to Roman Catholicism, can the death penalty for heresy be squared with any New Testament teaching?

Much of the background for this question comes from comments and answers to this question: Is the statement "That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit." still a statement ...
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Are declarations of heresy limited to the denomination that made them?

Take for example Pelagianism, which was condemned as heresy at the Council of Carthage in 418 (disclaimer: I am not at all inclined to believe Pelagianism or attempting to discuss the specific ...
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Can Christians, in good faith, hold that God is not perfect [i.e. not complete]?

If we define perfection as "complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement" then the answer may that God is not yet perfect because humans have not always responded as God intended. ...
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Has a substantial case been made from the New Testament that burning heretics is against the will of the Spirit?

Heresy is defined by the Roman Catholic Church as "the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith" (...
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Is Partialism a real heresy?

This YouTube video identifies Partialism as a heresy. It states that Partialism is the heresy wherein The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each described as 1/3 of God. To me, it's a vaguely familiar ...
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Has the Church stated any advantages or reasoning or prompting to re-formulating positively the Catholic Church's salvation doctrine?

The Church in Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation", 846, has re-formulated positively "Outside the Church there is no salvation", often repeated by the Church ...
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According to Catholic teaching, what is the status of a priest who does not agree with the Church's stated teachings on homosexuality and gender?

According to Catholic teaching, is a priest who does not agree that homosexuality is a sin and affirms transgender identity a heretic or a dissenter? For instance, would the bishops of the Roman ...
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In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin?

According to Catholicism, an act of heresy is a mortal sin. "Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise ...
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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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Did any heretical Christian sect believe money is evil?

Did any heretical sect believe that money evil or that it is sinful to use money?
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What's the difference between apostasy and heresy?

Apostasy Apostasy (/əˈpɒstəsi/; Greek: ἀποστασία apostasía, 'a defection or revolt') is the formal disaffiliation from, abandonment of, or renunciation of a religion by a person. It can also be ...
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What did the Gnostics in first and second century believed about Jesus

I recently read some very well-known gnostic writings that are under the name of "Gospel of Judah Iscariot" and "Gospel of Thomas", but they aren't written by Judah or Thomas. I ...
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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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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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Is it biblical to burn the heretics?

This article has a list of people burned as heretics by the Church in the past. Is there any Biblical basis for burning the heretics? Which specific verse was used for the judgement on the heretics, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's so bad about monoergism and monothelitism?

Two early heresies that intrigue me a bit are monoergism and monothelitism. Both basically suggest that while Jesus was both human and divine, he only had one "energy" or one "will." Both were ...
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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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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 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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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 ...