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Heresy, Apostasy in Judaism

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Author(s): Green, William S.
Heresy refers to holding unauthorized beliefs and performing unaccepted practices within one's religion; apostasy means abandoning that religion for another. The terms are significant in western culture because of their importance in Christianity. When, in the fourth century, Christianity became the West's primary political as well as religious doctrine, heresy and apostasy became definitive markers of cultural difference. One's place in society, indeed, one's social legitimacy was determined by…