By G. R. Evans
I simply accomplished this useful little ebook and located it very illuminating. It provides a historical past of ways dissent got here to be outlined as "heresy", that have been the real ones from the time of Saint Augustine and after, and why it truly is tricky to evangelise the "social gospel" even at the present time. i need to learn many of the different books during this sequence.
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This had two early roles. One was baptismal. The Christian convert affirming his or her faith at the moment of baptism could conveniently say a short paragraph in the presence of the congregation, so as to join his or her faith with theirs. The other was liturgical in a more general way. In worship, particularly at the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, the congregation could affirm the faith of the community together in a single form of words, often in a formal ‘dialogue’ in which questions were asked and responses given.
Throughout the Middle Ages, the relics of a saint were considered to have within them a store of the saint’s unused merits. The faithful could pray to the saint to have such powers ‘applied’ for their own benefit or that of those they loved. It was noticed in the Church of South India in the twentieth century that Hindus who were converted to Christianity were sometimes shocked by the Christian use of images, but that they were often able to feel at home with this kind of thing. The extreme and ultimately ‘pagan’ position is that the image itself is the deity.
Another concerned the role of baptism in the remission of The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 33 sins. It was also actively discussed whether baptism could be repeated. So the creed refers simply to these key points: I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins Questions about the purpose and end of human life were also in their early stages of ‘thinking through’ when the creeds were completed. It is an indication of the continuing importance of the battle to outlaw dualism that it had to be stressed that not only the soul but the material body would be resurrected.
A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans