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A History of Heresy (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback – October 19, 1989


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  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 19, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192852108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192852106
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Christie-Murray was educated at the universities of London and Oxford and at Wyclif Hall, Oxford. He was ordained, but after 27 years he resigned orders, having moved, theologically, from the Anglican position towards that of the Society of Friends.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Art Kleiner on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I used to work at the Whole Earth Catalog, whenever a truly great book was out of print we used to thunder in bold faced type, "Get this book back in print!" That's how I feel about A History of Heresy. It is probably the most complete overview of the undertow to the Christian church available (or, well, formerly available). It is a Baedeker of everyone who challenged the ideas of the church from within through the centuries, and it is wonderfully well written. I learned enough here to "fake it" for the passages on Medieval heretics in my own book, The Age of Heretics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Crosby on November 20, 2001
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An extremely readable, engaging, and yet thoroughly scholarly examination of doctrinal issues facing the early church. An excellent choice as a primer for beginners not familiar with the details fo the issues involved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith on February 9, 2008
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This is a fascinating study of the shifting boundaries between required and banned religious expression. Naturally, those who condemned others had a tendency to violate their own rules. For example, Christie-Murray explores what happened when the Western Church moved toward reversing its rule on marriage for priests -- from forbidding divorce for priests (as ruled at the Council of Nicaea), to denouncing marriage for priests as a sin. While upholders of the new doctrine expressed dismay at the married clergy's moral depravity, the Eastern Church took an opposite view. In 867, Patriarch Photius of Constantinople accused the Roman Church of heresy for repeatedly ordering celibacy in church families. For Photius, the Western Church was succumbing to a Manichaean belief that matter and flesh were evil.

-author of Correcting Jesus
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