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    C FitzSimons Allison(Author)

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Ancient heresies have modern expressions that influence our churches and culture, creating cruel dilemmas for today's Christian in the form of error, sin, and various distortions on orthodox faith. In Cruelty of Heresy, Bishop Allison captures the drama and relevance of the Councils of the fourth and fifth centuries and shows how the remarkable achievements of these early struggles provide valuable guidelines for believers today.

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  • PDF | 197 pages
  • C FitzSimons Allison(Author)
  • Ballantine Books Inc. (1 Jan. 1994)
  • English
  • 7
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By M. Downes on 2 July 2004

    What a refreshing read. Far from the picture of heretics as the heroes of the early church this book looks at the darker motivations behind deviations from the faith. Heresy is seen as the desire to have things our way rather than God's way which is infinitely better. Lurking behind every heresy is a pandering to human sinfulness. In particular this is seen in the denial of Christ's unique Sonship (adoptionism) and the denial of his true humanity (docetism). The former is allied with our desire to establish our own righteousness before God and implicitly views Jesus as different from us only by degree and achievement and not by order or kind. The latter denies that God truly entered into the nitty gritty painful world of human experience but merely ghosted his way through the reality of human misery. It is the author's contention that heresy is ultimately a form of pastoral cruelty. This thesis is amply illustrated from the major theological and christological heresies of the early Christian centuries.An unusual and thought provoking book. It is not so much a taxonomy of historical heresies than a post-mortem of the disease itself.

  • By Guest on 16 April 2010

    Good condition for price, would have awarded 5 stars, but delivery seemed to take a long time. Perhaps a bit unfair, as it did come in the stated delivery slot, perhaps Amazon spoils us :)


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