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Heresies and Schisms
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1. Dogmatic Aspects

Heresy is the opposite of pure doctrine (Orthodoxy). As schismatic deviation from the unity of faith, it belongs to the doctrine of the church. It presupposes (1) the idea of a pure doctrine that, at least in demarcation, formulates truth in doctrinal statements and thus defines the church’s unity. A verdict of heresy, however, also points to (2) criteria by which to distinguish redeeming faith in Jesus Christ from sinful falsification. Finally, to establish heresy there…

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Mühlenberg, Ekkehard, “Heresies and Schisms”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H105>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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