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Heresy - Concept

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Author(s): Heribert Heinemann
Part of Heresy: 1. Concept 2. History of Heresies 1. In the Bible. The Bible does not always use the word αĨρεσις, αĩρετιxός (from αίρέομαι, choose) in the same sense. It can stand for the choice of a certain doctrine which puts forth claims to authority, which is the Greek sense of the word (Herodotus, History, IV, 1), and is thus used of the Sadducees in Acts 5:17, for the Pharisees in Acts 15:5 and 26:5 and of the Christian community (by the Jews) in Acts 24: 5, 14 and 28:22. But the word is also applied to a heretical doctrine which is a departu…