By G. R. Evans
I simply complete this useful little e-book and located it very illuminating. It supplies a heritage of ways dissent got here to be outlined as "heresy", which have been the $64000 ones from the time of Saint Augustine and after, and why it's tricky to evangelise the "social gospel" even at the present time. i want to learn the various different books during this sequence.
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The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 43 the proof-sheets of his Essay on the Development of Doctrine. In the opening pages, he urges a different, though not incompatible principle: ‘A development will have this characteristic, that, its action being in the busy scene of human life, it cannot progress at all without cutting across, and thereby destroying or modifying or incorporating within itself existing modes of thinking and operating’. There will, in other words, be subtle and complex changes as the faith is stated afresh for each generation.
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A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans