Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2010-11-02
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Why the Church must defend the truth.Our ongoing fascination with alternative Christianities is on display every time a never-before-seen gospel text is revealed, an archaeological discovery about Jesus makes front-page news, or a new work of fiction challenges the very foundations of the church. Now, in a timely corrective to this trend, renowned church historian Alister McGrath examines the history of subversive ideas, overturning common misconceptions that heresy is somehow more spiritual or liberating than traditional dogma. In so doing, he presents a powerful, compassionate orthodoxy that will equip the church to meet the challenge from renewed forms of heresy today.

Author Biography

Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism.

Table of Contents

forewordp. v
introduction Our Love Affair with Heresyp. 1
What Is Heresy?
Faith, Creeds, and the Christian Gospelp. 17
The Origins of the Idea of Heresyp. 33
The Roots of Heresy
Diversity: The Background of Early Heresyp. 43
The Early Development of Heresyp. 61
Is There an ˘Essence÷ of Heresy?p. 81
The Classic Heresies of Christianity
Early Classic Heresies: Ebionitism, Docetism, Valentinismp. 101
Later Classic Heresies: Arianism, Donatism, Pelagianismp. 135
The Enduring Impact of Heresy
Cultural and Intellectual Motivations for Heresyp. 175
Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Powerp. 197
Heresy and the Islamic View of Christianityp. 223
Conclusion: The Future of Heresyp. 231
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 271
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