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I. Philosophy and Religious Studies – II. Christianity – III. Practical Theology – IV. Church Law – V. Judaism – VI. Islam

I. Philosophy and Religious Studies

The word “heresy” derives from Gk αἵρεσις/haíresis (“act of choice,” “decision”). In the Hellenistic period, when a plurality of philosophical schools had developed, the word was used to express the need of budding philosophers to choose betw…

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Feldtkeller, Andreas, Mell, Ulrich, le Boulluec, Alain, Jorissen, Hans, Schuck, Martin, Wagner, Harald, May, Gerhard, Hempelmann, Reinhard, Rees, Wilhelm, Hezser, Catherine et al., “Heresy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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