A History of Defending the Truth

Book - 2009
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In recent years the distinction between heresy and orthodoxy has come under fire by those eager to reject the formal boundaries of sanctioned beliefs about God, Jesus, and the church. In a timely corrective to this trend, renowned church historian Alister McGrath argues that the categories of heresy and orthodoxy must be preserved.

Remaining faithful to Jesus's mission and message is still the mandate of the church despite increasingly popular cries that traditional dogma is outdated and restricts individual freedom. Overturning misconceptions throughout the book, McGrath exposes:

how many of the heretical beliefs and practices rejected by the church were actually more stringent and oppressive than rival orthodox claims. that many theological alternatives were rejected when the church had no power to enforce one view over another, long before Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

In Heresy, McGrath explains why no heresy has ever been eradicated--rival beliefs only go underground and resurface in different forms. McGrath presents a powerful, compassionate, and deeply attractive orthodoxy that will equip the church to meet the challenge from renewed forms of heresy today.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060822149
Branch Call Number: 273 Mc
Characteristics: vi, 282 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 03, 2011

almost or a textbook in itself on the subject! Presented in an easy to read although examples cited can be confusing if one is not familiar or has no basic background on them. "...Orthodoxy can be stifling but heresy can be intellectually stimulating.." - and that could be the most probable reason in the post modern world if it resurfaces. An enjoyable read! Recommended and very highly at that!


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