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Examines the various heretic movements and individuals throughout Christian history, from the time of Christ's crucifixion to the 16th century. Examines the various heretic movements and individuals throughout Christian history, from the time of Christ's crucifixion to the 16th century.


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Examines the various heretic movements and individuals throughout Christian history, from the time of Christ's crucifixion to the 16th century. Examines the various heretic movements and individuals throughout Christian history, from the time of Christ's crucifixion to the 16th century.

30 review for Encyclopedia of Heresies and Heretics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    A handy resource for when you're trying to remember the difference between the Docetist and Manichaean heresies, but it's really only a starting point. The articles, like the book, tend toward brevity except in a few major areas, such as Witchcraft or the Inquisition. Also, this compilation focuses almost exclusively on heresy from the point of view of the Roman Catholic Church prior to the Reformation, with some information given on overlapping topics, such as the Protestant adoption in some ar A handy resource for when you're trying to remember the difference between the Docetist and Manichaean heresies, but it's really only a starting point. The articles, like the book, tend toward brevity except in a few major areas, such as Witchcraft or the Inquisition. Also, this compilation focuses almost exclusively on heresy from the point of view of the Roman Catholic Church prior to the Reformation, with some information given on overlapping topics, such as the Protestant adoption in some areas of the Malleus Maleficarum in the persecution of alleged witches. It nevertheless remains a good basic Who's Who of Gnostic and unorthodox religious thought from the Neoplatonists up to the earliest Protestants and their progenitors, and for that reason I will continue to keep it close by.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Skylar Burris

    Informative reference, and good I think to read cover to cover simply to get a sense of Christian history and diversity. I'm about half way through. Informative reference, and good I think to read cover to cover simply to get a sense of Christian history and diversity. I'm about half way through.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Whitehead

    Are you in the middle of an argument with the guy down the bar concerning the finer points of Albigensian theology? Got a burning question about the Lollard movement? Are the names of the authors of Malleus Malificarum right on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t quite seem to come up with them? Then look no further, for the ideal resource is at hand. Author Chas S. Clifton supplies entries on a variety of heresy-related topics stretching from the early years of the Christian era up to th Are you in the middle of an argument with the guy down the bar concerning the finer points of Albigensian theology? Got a burning question about the Lollard movement? Are the names of the authors of Malleus Malificarum right on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t quite seem to come up with them? Then look no further, for the ideal resource is at hand. Author Chas S. Clifton supplies entries on a variety of heresy-related topics stretching from the early years of the Christian era up to the Protestant Reformation. Some entries are far too brief, and others read a little like grad school term papers. But for the most part Clifton’s work is well-researched, informative and easy to read. He repeats enough information from entry to entry that the nature of the book as a reference work rather than cover-to-cover read becomes apparent. But most of the articles are short enough to make this a suitable bathroom read for anyone curious about the subject.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Well written short reference work on over a thousand years of heretics and heretical doctrines. The author draws a logical line between what was historically considered heresy and what was considered reformation. The origins and non-Christian influence of some beliefs is explored, and these were much more fascinating to me, offering glimpses of Christianity that could-have-been. The later recurring heresies themselves could have been easily divided into "threatens the church's money" and "threate Well written short reference work on over a thousand years of heretics and heretical doctrines. The author draws a logical line between what was historically considered heresy and what was considered reformation. The origins and non-Christian influence of some beliefs is explored, and these were much more fascinating to me, offering glimpses of Christianity that could-have-been. The later recurring heresies themselves could have been easily divided into "threatens the church's money" and "threatens the church's political power." The book is largely from the church's point of view, without advocating for that outlook. This makes sense, as most of the historical documentation of heresies comes from the persecutors themselves, who often burned offending texts - and authors.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rocky

    History is written by the shareholders. This is a book about the rest of us, the rebels. Orthodoxy is in the eye of the beholder. By exploring what established religion considers blasphemous, you might stumble upon the one true creed, the banned wisdom. Start here. Lots of detail in this book. Every library should have this. But I wonder if any one does.

  6. 5 out of 5

    S

    Every Pope is God's voice on Earth, and every Pope declares certain people heretics or apotheosis, meaning they will never gain access to Heaven, supposedly. This book contains the majority, from Jews to Protestants, Gnostics to people who miss Mass. Once an Apotheosis is declared, it can't be rescinded. Every Pope is God's voice on Earth, and every Pope declares certain people heretics or apotheosis, meaning they will never gain access to Heaven, supposedly. This book contains the majority, from Jews to Protestants, Gnostics to people who miss Mass. Once an Apotheosis is declared, it can't be rescinded.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Skallagrimsen

    Overflowing with fascinating information on the multitudes of dead religions of history that lost out in the Darwinian struggle for adherents.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keith Davis

    It is fascinating how a small number of heretical ideas get rediscovered again and again by different groups as centuries pass and get re-branded under different names.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    I collect heretic and hersies. They fascinate me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Disappointing. Very superficial, and certainly not comprehensive.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Feldman

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  13. 5 out of 5

    Celest

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve Owen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Smyth

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ben Gruagach

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brad Thompson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Drew

  22. 4 out of 5

    Travis

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

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    Grace

  25. 5 out of 5

    Redsteve

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie Flanigan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bianka

  30. 5 out of 5

    Clint

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