By G. R. Evans
I simply complete this useful little ebook and located it very illuminating. It offers a background of the way dissent got here to be outlined as "heresy", that have been the $64000 ones from the time of Saint Augustine and after, and why it's tricky to evangelise the "social gospel" even this present day. i need to learn a number of the different books during this sequence.
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At one extreme the use of images may seem best avoided altogether, since no image can do justice to the transcendency of God. That was the position generally taken by the sixteenth-century reformers and their heirs. It informed Puritanism and led to the stripping bare of the churches of many Protestant communities in which nothing was to be seen except perhaps a text from the Bible on the wall or a plain cross. It could also work up extremists to carry out works of destruction, as happened when the annual religious procession was cancelled at Ghent in 1566 because of ‘portents’ (an altar of the Virgin had burned down) and people ran amok, egging each other on to break down images and crosses and to ransack churches.
The false brothers and dumb priests ought to be ashamed to omit to defend the Law of God’. 16 The ecclesiastical authorities, once ‘proved’ fallible, cannot be relied upon as interpreters of Scripture. When popular heretics tried to understand the Bible for themselves and even presumed to interpret it for others by preaching, they were implicitly challenging the assumption The Importance of Being United 15 that the Church was the vessel of salvation and its approved teaching the only safe way for the believer to follow.
By the middle of the second century the four Gospels and the 13 epistles of Paul had emerged from a literature which included other ‘gospels’ and letters. Between the end of the second century and the first decades of the third century these came to have the same sort of standing and weight as the Old Testament. There was some local variation. Some churches accepted writings such as the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas. Gradually, other books now in the New The Importance of Being United 13 Testament ‘canon’ won acceptance, although doubts hung over Hebrews, Revelation and some of the non-Pauline epistles into the late third or fourth centuries.
A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans