What is heresy?

  • (noun): Any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position.
    Synonyms: unorthodoxy, heterodoxy
    See also — Additional definitions below


Heresy is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs. Heresy is distinct from both apostasy, which is the explicit renunciation of one's religion, principles or cause, and blasphemy, which is irreverence toward religion.

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Ad Abolendam
... The document prescribes measures to uproot heresy and sparked the efforts which culminated in the Albigensian Crusade and the Inquisitions ... Its chief aim was the complete abolition of Christian heresy ... More important than the direct attack on heresy, however, was the stipulation of equal measures for those who supported heretics, overtly or indirectly ...
Heresy - Selected Quotations
... secular authority, much more reason is there for heretics, as soon as they are convicted of heresy, to be not only excommunicated but even put to death." (Summa Theologica, c ... translated the Romance of the Rose, That is a heresy against my law, And maketh wise folk from me withdraw" (The Prologue to The Legend of Good Women, c ... Almanack, 1879) Helen Keller "The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next." (Optimism, 1903) Lao Tzu "Those who are intelligent are not ideologues ...
List Of Heresies In Catholicism - See Also
... Christian heresy Heresy Heresy in the 20th century. ...

More definitions of "heresy":

  • (noun): A belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion.
    Synonyms: unorthodoxy

Famous quotes containing the word heresy:

    I have grown so tired of Woman with a capital W, though I suppose it is rankest heresy to say so. I don’t want to be Woman at all—I have begun to feel that I want to be something like this—WO—A–.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924)

    The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy—when properly aged.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911–1978)

    They that approve a private opinion, call it an opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
    Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)