Skip to comments.Know Your Heresies
Posted on 03/04/2007 2:15:29 PM PST by TradicalRC
Christian Heresies Through History
Who is a Heretic?
The greatest "shame" and "glory" of Christianity...Two Kinds of Christianity
The Greatest Love in the Bible
General Outlook of Christian Heresies, Century by Century
- Heresies of the First Century: Simonians of Acts 8, Cerintheians. Judaizers, Circumcisers of Acts 15:1, Nicolaitans of Rev.2:6, The "Synagogue of Satan" of Rev.2:9, The "Throne of Satan" of Rev. 2:13, The "doctrine of Balaam" of Rev.2:14, Nazareans or "Jewish-Christians", Docetism, Gnosticism, Neo-Gnosticism, Agnosticism
- Heresies of the Second Century: Marcionites, Ebionites, Montanism, Monarchians, Tritheism, Modalism, Basidilians, Carpocratians
- Third Century: Tertullianists, Origenists, Manicheans, Millenarians, Novatians
- Fourth Century: Donatists, Arians, Macedonians, Appollinarists, Jovinians, Vigilantians
- Fifth Century: Pelagians, Semipelagians, Nestorians, Predestinarians, Monophysites
- Seventh Century: Paulicians, Monothelites (like Monophysites of the Fifth Century)
- Eighth Century: Iconoclasts, Adoptionists
- Ninth Century: Greek Schism
- Eleven Century: The Great Schism: Orthodox-Roman Catholic.
- Twelfth Century: Petrobrosians, Henricians, Waldenses
- Thirteenth Century: Albiguenses, Fraticelli, Flagellants
- Fourteenth Century: Lollards of John Wycliffe
- Fifteenth Century: Hussites, Moravians, "Church of the Brotherhood", United Brethren
- Sixteenth Century: Protestant Reformation, Lutherans, Zwinglians, Church of England, Calvinism, Anabaptists, Episcopalians, Mennonites, Presbyterians, Puritans, Congregationalism, Huguenots, Reformed Dutch, Unitarians, Socinians
- Seventeenth Century: Baptists, Rosicrucians, Episcopalians, Quakers or Society of Friends, Universalists, Jansenists
- Eighteenth Century: Freemasonry, Shakers-Union Society, Methodists-"Holy Club", Moravians-Church of the Brotherhood-United Brethren, Unitarians, Universalism, Unitarian-Universalist Association
- Nineteenth Century: Mormons, Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Spiritualistic Churches, Salvation Army, Ku-Klux-Klan, Christian Science Church, Old Catholics, Modernists, Reformed Churches, Holiness Churches, Church of God, Church of Christ, Church of God in Christ
- Twentieth Century: Pentecostal Movement, Charismatic Renewal, Snake Handlers, Worldwide Church of God, United Christian Evangelistic Association, Moonies-the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, National Association of Evangelicals, Wicca, Church of Satan, Church of Scientology, Way International, Church universal and Triumphal, United Unitarian Universalist Association, Fraternity of St. Pius X, Palmar de Troya, Churches for Homosexuals, Children of God, New Age, Peoples Temple of Jim Jones, Branch Davidians WACO
- Philosophies and Religion, the Pillars of Unbelief: Machiavelli, French Revolution, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre
Ecumenical Councils, Dogmatic Condemnation of Heresies
Please ping the relevant lists, thanks.
I guess "heresy" is in the eye of the beholder.
Some of these are schisms, rather than heresies. Should I pop some popcorn? ;-)
No matter who you are, you're a heretic to somebody.
Heresy support group, anyone? "My name is Larry, and I'm a heretic." "Hi, Larry!!!"
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Christianity is a heresy of Judaism.
Judism is a heresy of the Earth Mother-Sky Father religion.
Or, if you prefer, there were no heresies until the council of Nicea defined Orthodoxy, and Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire.
Or, if you prefer, there were no heresies until the council of Nicea defined Orthodoxy, and Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire.Actually, one of the reasons for the Council was the Arian heresy.
(Let's ping some more people too just to get things going)
"...Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"
The three greatest heretics are Arius, Muhammad and Luther! Kind of like the three heads of Ceberus!
"I guess "heresy" is in the eye of the beholder."
Notice how he left out the "filioque" heresy, the Roman Schism of 1054 when Rome left The Church, the earlier Roman Schism, tied to the Frankish innovation of the filioque of the 9th century, the heresies of the Council of Lyons in the 12th century, those of the Council of Trent in the 16th and of course the 19th century heresies promulgated by Vatican I (which trace their heritage back to the Dictatus Papae of the 11th century). We'll leave Vatican II aside for now.
"Please ping the relevant lists, thanks."
You really don't want me to ping the Orthodox list with this. :(
Well, maybe we can take your input up to say the ninth century. :)
Reminds me of something I was saying about theological politics earlier today....
Popcorn sounds good. Believe it or not, I really wasn't trying to 'stir the pot', I just thought it would be good to review and bookmark these for the forum. Can you give a good example from this list of a schism rather than a heresy or rather why it is one rather than the other?
"Reminds me of something I was saying about theological politics earlier today...."
I was thinking of your words as I typed my response to this post! :)
I agree. I think it would be interesting where the three main branches of Christianity agree on heresy (most likely the first four centuries) as well as where they disagree and why.
It's funny that the apostle Paul was already writing about heresy in the NT. Hmmmm...
That was an offshoot of the Nestleorian heresy, I believe
Thanks Kolokotronis, I knew you'd come through. Do you know of a link to any similar lists from an Orthodox perspective?
Actually, I do. (pretty please with baklava?)
LOL!!! Good one.
Just remember cataloging, even if just meant for that, sometimes leads to inflamed feelings anyway...with every split, there's a lot of pain involved, and a lot of hurt, which sometimes gets passed down centuries.
"Do you know of a link to any similar lists from an Orthodox perspective?"
Actually, no, not one from after say 1054 and before that, save for the filioque, we were pretty much on the same page as you guys. We have great experience with heresy you know. Most of those old ones, which still seem to spring up from time to time, arose in the East, generally among our hierarchs. After the Great Schism, what little talk we have about heresy is usually found in hierarchial comments on Western theological innovations. Though there are those who presently claim it is heresy for Orthodoxy to "dialog" with the Latins or use the "New Calendar" as opposed to one set up by a pagan Roman, we've been surprisingly free, as a general proposition, from heresy since 1054 with the exception of a blip or two along the way which were quickly condemned and their proponents anathemized.
Posting that during Lent. You temptor, you! LOL!
"Why don't you make a nifty acrostic with the term Heresy?
Or perhaps you you might use Luther: the L could stand for Lucifer. I will leave the rest to your imagination"
Right! The "L" for Luther, the "C" for Calvin! Thanks for the suggestion!
True enough. I hope that with time, all sides may gain some perspective. I also realize that human nature being what it is, there will be the inevitable knee-jerk reaction in defense of the team(whatever the denomination) but I am interested in the counter arguments and links to other perspectives on the heresies. Even the Catholic Church made room for an advocatus diablo.(sp?)
"Judism is a heresy of the Earth Mother-Sky Father religion."
When I was in college, one of my buddies, a Jewish guy, dated a girl called "Earth Mother", a large woman. I doubt she's the one you're referring to, though, as they never fought about religion, at least she never called him a heretic.
Actually, no, not one from after say 1054 and before that, save for the filioque, we were pretty much on the same page as you guys.
Sounds like a void that could be filled. Perhaps you could recommend a History of Christianity from an EO perspective.
Here's a link to the library of The Church of Greece. There's likely some stuff there:
You could say he was 'mooning' over her...
Thanks. I'll check it out.
You could have just saved space and said that anyone who is not Catholic is a heretic.
"I tried looking it up here but they referred me to the article I posted! Go figure."
Odd. Just click the link I posted, set your browser to allow or partially allow scripts and click on the the English language tabs (unless you've set your computer to deal with Greek and can read it). It should work fine. Let me know if you have a problem. It really is quite a theological resource.
This is actually a very interesting discussion, because we are facing attacks now from different types of heresies. I suspect that one can divide heresies into broad categories and in my mind, there are at least two that most of the others could be sorted into: there are anti-Trinitarian heresies and there are dualist heresies. One is based on the nature of God, and the other is based on the nature of creation. Any other categories?
May I be the first to say, "Phhooooooopp!"?
Thank you, I thought I would be.
What kind of idiot can't tell the difference between a Calvinist and a mormon?
"You could have just saved space and said that anyone who is not Catholic is a heretic."
Works for me!
There's a Black racist cult called the Five Percenters wherein the men refer to themselves as "gods" and the women as "earths".