Heresy a history of defending the truth by alister mcgrath is a detailed overview of the progression of heresy in the church part one defines heresy and provides a helpful summary of the origins of the idea of heresy. Attempting a herculean task alister mcgraths heresy a history of defending the truth not offers a history of heresy from a christian perspective but also attempts to define the term. Heresy a history of defending the truth is the latest heresy says mcgrath has been sprinkled with stardust because a largely mistaken notion of heresy fits the cultural mood p 1 orthodoxy is thought to be pedestrian and reactionary nothing more than the theology of the conquerors who no doubt oppressed those whom they . In recent years the distinction between heresy and orthodoxy has come under fire by those eager to reject the formal boundaries of sanctioned beliefs about god jesus and the church in a timely corrective to this trend renowned church historian alister mcgrath argues that the categories of heresy and orthodoxy must be preservedremaining faithful to jesuss mission and message is still the
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