Heresy in the Roman Catholic Church: A History by Michael C. Thomsett

By Michael C. Thomsett

Within the 2,000-year heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, situations of heretical pursuits have time and again challenged the primary doctrinal authority of the pope. This severe publication explains the development and ideology of the geared up pursuits, either huge and small, and files the participants and their efforts in not easy papal infallibility, singular doctrine, and the Inquisition. It examines how, inspite of Church efforts at conserving singular regulate, heretics have by no means ceased to seem and reappear from precedent days into glossy occasions. This booklet areas heretical routine of their right context, together with how the evolution of cultural and social alterations within the Christian international affected how the Church used to be in a position to implement its claimed authority

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Not everyone agreed. The Dispute Over Original Sin Trouble was brewing for the Church due to a belief denying the existence of original sin and questioning the need for God’s grace. This became a major 44 3. Heresy from the Fifth to the Eighth Century 45 controversy of the fifth century. Original sin was at the middle of the controversy between the Church and the Pelagian heresy. The belief in original sin is one of the core issues of Christianity and has caused many philosophical splits among theologians and, in fact, aggravated the schism between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

In fact, Rome made no distinction between heresy and treason, in spite of protests among some Church leaders. D. D. 381. 36 Heresy in the Roman Catholic Church For example, St. Hilary of Poitiers loudly protested any use of force to spread Christianity or to preserve its influence. St. Hilary was a prolific writer and bishop of Poitiers who protested against Emperor Constantine II and his treatment of the Arians. Hilary wrote his protest to Constantine circa 355 (Ad Constantium Augustum liber primus), and the following year Hilary was summoned by the emperor and exiled for four years.

From the fifth century onward, this became Church law. This new point of view not only ended the primary force behind the Donatist movement, it also provided the Church with an argument it could use against future heretical movements. Augustine had arrived at the perfect solution: Not only did it take a primary argument away from an influential heretical movement, it also make the sacraments permanent once they were administered, no matter who administered them. Reforms were now more critical than ever to the Church, based on its difficulty with the Donatists.

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