Heresy

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Definition: Heresy
Belief or opinion that is contrary to orthodox (accepted) religious doctrine. Mainly used in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

A heresy (Greek, "choice") is a belief or opinion that is contrary to orthodox (accepted and defined) religious doctrine. The term is mainly used in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

A person who believes or teaches a heresy is called a heretic; a leader of a heretical teaching or group is known as a heresiarch.

Heterodoxy is a somewhat different term; it usually refers to a teaching that departs from the orthodox but falls short of heresy.

Sources

  1. “heresy.” Cross, F. L. and E. A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford University Press, USA),pp. 758-759. "The formal denial or doubt of any defined doctrine of the Catholic faith."
  2. “heresy.” Cross, F. L. and E. A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford University Press, USA),pp. 758-759. "...the Greek word αἵρεσις, denoting 'choice' or 'thing chosen', from which the term is derived..."
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Title Heresy
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Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
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MLA Citation “Heresy.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021. <religionfacts.com/heresy>