A Brief History of Heresy
This short and accessible book introduces readers to the problemsof heresy, schism and dissidence over the last two millennia. Theheresies under discussion range from Gnosticism, influential in theearly Christian period, right through to modern sects.
The idea of a heretic conjures up many images, from the martyrsprepared to die for their beliefs, through to sects with bizarrepractices. This book provides a remarkable insight into the fraughthistory of heresy, showing how the Church came to insist onorthodoxy when threatened by alternative ideals, exploring thesocial and political conditions under which heretics were created,and how those involved were 'tested' and punished, often byimprisonment and burning. Engaging written, A Brief History ofHeresy is enlivened throughout with fascinating examples ofindividuals and movements.