Heresy in the Roman Catholic Church: A History (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Mar 23, 2011 - Religion - 280 pages
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In the 2,000-year history of the Roman Catholic Church, heretical movements have repeatedly challenged the central doctrinal authority of the pope. This historical overview explains the construction and beliefs of the organized movements, both large and small, and documents the individuals and their efforts in challenging papal infallibility, singular doctrine, and the Inquisition. It examines how, in spite of Church efforts at maintaining singular control, heretics have continued to emerge from ancient times into modern times. This book places heretical movements in their proper context, examining how the evolution of cultural and social changes in the Christian world affected how the Church was able to enforce its claimed authority.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Heresy in Historical Perspective
5
2 The Origins of Heresy
24
3 Heresy from the Fifth to the Eighth Century
44
4 Heresies in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
62
5 Catharism
77
6 The Waldensians
96
7 The Seeds of the Reformation
108
10 Martin Luther
156
11 The Growth of the Reformation
170
12 The Roman Inquisition
194
13 The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
211
14 Old Catholics and Modernism
225
15 The Modern View
241
Notes
255
Bibliography
261

8 The New Paganism and Witchcraft
122
9 The Spanish Inquisition
137

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About the author (2011)

Michael C. Thomsett is the author, coauthor or compiler of many books including topical dictionaries, collections of quotations and history books. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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