Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth
Author: Alister McGrath
|In Heresy, leading religion expert and church historian Alister McGrath reveals the surprising history of heresy and rival forms of Christianity, arguing that the church must continue to defend what is true about Jesus. He explains that 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mission and message is still the mandate of the church despite increasingly popular cries that traditional dogma is outdated and restricts individual freedom.|
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mission and message is still the mandate of the church despite increasingly popular cries that traditional dogma is outdated and restricts individual freedom.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.
ISBN: 0061998990 EAN: 9780061998997
US SRP: 13.99 US
Pub Date: November 02, 2010
Features: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.8" H x 7.9" L x 5.3" W (0.5 lbs) 282 pages
Alister E. McGrath is a biochemist and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently enjoys the Title of Distinction “Professor of Historical Theology” granted by the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture and The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World. He lives in Oxford, England and lectures regularly in the U.S.
- Religion | Christianity | History - General
- Religion | Christian Theology | Apologetics
-Apologetics -Christian heresies
- Religious Orientation | Christian
- Theometrics | Mainline
- Theometrics | Academic
- Theometrics | Evangelical
- Religious Orientation | Catholic
- Theometrics | Catholic
OCLC Number: OCLC#305416317
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