Know the Heretics

Paperback | April 29, 2014

byJustin Holcomb

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There is a lot of talk about heresy these days. The frequency and volume of accusations suggest that some Christians have lost a sense of the gravity of the word. On the other hand, many believers have little to no familiarity with orthodox doctrine or the historic distortions of it.

What's needed is a strong dose of humility and restraint, and also a clear and informed definition of orthodoxy and heresy. Know the Heretics provides an accessible "travel guide" to the most significant heresies throughout Christian history. As a part of the KNOW series, it is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to more deeply understand the foundations of the faith.

Each chapter covers a key statement of faith and includes a discussion of its historical context; a simple explanation of the unorthodox teaching, the orthodox response and a key defender; reflections of contemporary relevance; and discussion questions.

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There is a lot of talk about heresy these days. The frequency and volume of accusations suggest that some Christians have lost a sense of the gravity of the word. On the other hand, many believers have little to no familiarity with orthodox doctrine or the historic distortions of it.What's needed is a strong dose of humility and restra...

Justin Holcomb (Ph.D., Emory University) is an Episcopal priest and a professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He has authored, co-authored, and edited several books, including On the Grace of God. He lives with his wife and daughters in Orlando, Florida.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.13 × 5.13 × 0.5 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310515076

ISBN - 13:9780310515074

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Introduction: What Is Heresy?1. Judaizers (ca. 50)* Paul replied (Galatians).2. Marcion (ca. 85-160)* Tertullian and Iranaeus replied.3. Docetism: Primary teacher is Valentinus (ca. 136-165)* Irenaeus and Polycarp replied.4. Mani (ca. 216-277)* St. Augustine replied.5. Sabellius (ca. 215)* Tertullian replied.6. Arius (256-336 A.D.)* Athanasius replied.7. Photinus (?-376)* Hilary of Poitiers replied.8. Apollinarius (?-390A.D.)* Gregory of Nazianzus replied.9. Pelagius (ca.354-420/440)* St. Augustine replied10. Eutyches (378-454 A.D.)* Leo the Great replied11. Nestorius (ca. 381-451)* Cyril of Alexandria replied.12. Monothelitism: Primary teach is Virgilus (?-555)* Maximus the Confessor replied.Conclusion