List of Christian heresies

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Heresy has been a concern in Christian communities at least since the writing of 2 Peter: "even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them"(2P. 2:1-AV). While in the first two or three centuries of the early Church heresy and schism were not clearly distinguished and a similar overlapping occurred in medieval scholastic thought, heresy is understood today to mean the denial of revealed truth as taught by the Church.[1] Schleiermacher, writing in 1821/2 defined it as "that which preserved the appearance of Christianity, and yet contradicted its essence".[2]

The Catholic Church makes a distinction between 'material' and 'formal' heresy. Material heresy means in effect "holding erroneous doctrines through no fault of one´s own" as occurs with people brought up in non-Catholic communities and "is neither a crime nor a sin" since the individual has never accepted the doctrine.[1] Formal heresy is "the wilful and persistent adherence to an error in matters of faith" on the part of a baptised member of the Catholic Church. As such it is a grave sin and involves ipso facto excommunication. Here "matters of faith" means dogmas which have been proposed by the infallible Magisterium of the Church[3] and, in addition to this intellectual error, "pertinacity in the will" in maintaining it in opposition to the teaching of the Church must be present.[4]

While individual Protestant churches have also used the concept in proceedings against individuals and groups deemed to be heretical by those churches, the lack of a central doctrinal authority has meant that beliefs can often not be unanimously considered heretical from the Protestant perspective. Likewise the Eastern Orthodox Church officially declares a heresy only at an ecumenical council, and currently only accepts the First seven Ecumenical Councils as ecumenical.

The following listing contains those opinions which were either explicitly condemned by Chalcedonian Christianity before 1054 or are of later origin but similar. Details of some modern opinions deemed to be heretical by the Catholic Church are listed in an appendix. All lists are in alphabetical order.

Further information: First seven Ecumenical Councils

Early Christianity[edit]

Further information: Early Christianity

Traditionally, orthodoxy and heresy have been viewed in relation to the "orthodoxy" as an authentic lineage of tradition. Other forms of Christianity were viewed as deviant streams of thought and therefore "heterodox", or heretical. This view was dominant until the publication of Walter Bauer's Rechtgläubigkeit und Ketzerei im ältesten Christentum ("Orthodoxy and heresy in ancient Christianity") in 1934. Bauer endeavored to rethink early Christianity historically, independent from the views of the church. He argued that originally unity was based on a common relationship with the same Lord rather than on formally defined doctrines and that a wide variety of views was tolerated. With time, some of these views were seen as inadequate. He went on to attribute the definition of "orthodoxy" to the increasing power and influence of the Church of Rome. In 1959, Henry Chadwick argued that all Christian communities were linked by the foundational events which occurred in Jerusalem and continued to be of defining importance in the forging of doctrinal orthodoxy.[5] MacGrath comments that historically Chadwick's account appears to be much the more plausible.[5]

For convenience the heresies which arose in this period have been divided into three groups: Trinitarian/Christological; Gnostic; and other heresies.

Trinitarian/Christological[edit]

Main articles: Trinity and Christology

The term Christology has two meanings in theology. It can be used in the narrow sense of the question as to how the divine and human are related in the person of Jesus Christ, or alternatively of the overall study of his life and work.[6] Here it is used in the restricted, narrow sense.

The orthodox teaching concerning the Trinity, as finally developed and formally agreed at Constantinople in 381,[7] is that God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all strictly one being in three hypostases, misleadingly translated as "persons".[8] The christological question then arose as to how Jesus Christ could be both divine and human. This was formally resolved after much debate by the Ecumenical Councils of 431, 451 and 680 (Ephesus, Chalcedon & Constantinople III).

Trinitarian/Christological Heresies
Heresy Description Origin Official Condemnation Other
Adoptionism Belief that Jesus was born as a mere (non-divine) man, was supremely virtuous and that he was adopted later as "Son of God" by the descent of the Spirit on him. Propounded by Theodotus of Byzantium, a leather merchant, in Rome c.190, later revived by Paul of Samosata Theodotus was excommunicated by Pope Victor and Paul was condemned by the Synod of Antioch in 268 Alternative names: Psilanthropism and Dynamic Monarchianism.[9] Later criticized as presupposing Nestorianism (see below)
Apollinarism Belief that Jesus had a human body and lower soul (the seat of the emotions) but a divine mind. Apollinaris further taught that the souls of men were propagated by other souls, as well as their bodies. proposed by Apollinaris of Laodicea (died 390) Declared to be a heresy in 381 by the First Council of Constantinople .
Arianism Denial of the true divinity of Jesus Christ taking various specific forms, but all agreed that Jesus Christ was created by the Father, that he had a beginning in time, and that the title "Son of God" was a courtesy one.[10] The doctrine is associated with Arius (ca. AD 250––336) who lived and taught in Alexandria, Egypt. Arius was first pronounced a heretic at the First Council of Nicea, he was later exonerated as a result of imperial pressure and finally declared a heretic after his death. The heresy was finally resolved in 381 by the First Council of Constantinople. All forms denied that Jesus Christ is "consubstantial with the Father" but proposed either "similar in substance", or "similar", or "dissimilar" as the correct alternative.
Docetism Belief that Jesus' physical body was an illusion, as was his crucifixion; that is, Jesus only seemed to have a physical body and to physically die, but in reality he was incorporeal, a pure spirit, and hence could not physically die Tendencies existed in the 1st century, but it was most notably embraced by Gnostics in subsequent centuries. Docetism was rejected by the ecumenical councils and mainstream Christianity, and largely died out during the first millennium AD. Gnostic movements that survived past that time, such as Catharism, incorporated docetism into their beliefs, but such movements were destroyed by the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229).
Luciferians Strongly anti-Arian sect in Sardinia Founded by Lucifer Calaritanus a bishop of Cagliari Deemed heretical by Jerome in his Altercatio Luciferiani et orthodoxi
Macedonians or

Pneumatomachians

("Spirit fighters")

While accepting the divinity of Jesus Christ as affirmed at Nicea in 325, they denied that of the Holy Spirit which they saw as a creation of the Son, and a servant of the Father and the Son Allegedly founded in 4th century by Bishop Macedonius I of Constantinople, Eustathius of Sebaste was their principal theologian.[11] Opposed by the Cappadocian Fathers and condemned at the First Council of Constantinople. This is what prompted the addition of “And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son is equally worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets,” into the Nicene Creed at the second ecumenical council.
Melchisedechians Considered Melchisedech an incarnation of the Logos (divine Word) and identified him with the Holy Ghost Refuted by Marcus Eremita in his book Eis ton Melchisedek ("Against the Melchisedekites")[12] It is uncertain whether the sect survived beyond the 9th century. They were probably scattered across Anatolia and the Balkans following the destruction of Tephrike.
Monarchianism An overemphasis on the indivisibility of God (the Father) at the expense of the other "persons" of the Trinity leading to either Sabellianism (Modalism) or to Adoptionism. Stressing the "monarchy" of God was in Eastern theology a legitimate way of affirming his oneness, also the Father as the unique source of divinity. It became heretical when pushed to the extremes indicated.
Monophysitism or

Eutychianism

Belief that Christ's divinity dominates and overwhelms his humanity, as opposed to the Chalcedonian position which holds that Christ has two natures, one divine and one human or the Miaphysite position which holds that the human nature and pre-incarnate divine nature of Christ were united as one divine human nature from the point of the Incarnation onwards. After Nestorianism was rejected at the First Council of Ephesus, Eutyches emerged with diametrically opposite views. Eutyches was excommunicated in 448. Monophysitism and Eutyches were rejected at the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Monophysitism is also rejected by the Oriental Orthodox Churches
Monothelitism Belief that Jesus Christ had two natures but only one will. This is contrary to the orthodox interpretation of Christology, which teaches that Jesus Christ has two wills (human and divine) corresponding to his two natures Originated in Armenia and Syria in AD 633 Monothelitism was officially condemned at the Third Council of Constantinople (the Sixth Ecumenical Council, 680–681). The churches condemned at Constantinople include the Oriental Orthodox Syriac, Armenian, and Coptic churches as well as the Maronite church, although the latter now deny that they ever held the Monothelite view and are presently in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. Christians in England rejected the Monothelite position at the Council of Hatfield in 680.
Patripassianism Belief that the Father and Son are not two distinct persons, and thus God the Father suffered on the cross as Jesus. similar to Sabellianism
Psilanthropism Belief that Jesus is "merely human": either that he never became divine, or that he never existed prior to his incarnation as a man. Rejected by the ecumenical councils, especially in the First Council of Nicaea, which was convened to deal directly with the nature of Christ's divinity. See Adoptionism
Sabellianism Belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three characterizations of one God, rather than three distinct "persons" in one God. First formally stated by Noetus of Smyrna c.190, refined by Sabellius c.210 who applied the names merely to different roles of God in the history and economy of salvation. Noetus was condemned by the presbyters of Smyrna. Tertullian wrote Adversus Praxeam against this tendency and Sabellius was condemned by Pope Callistus. Alternative names: Patripassianism, Modalism,Modalistic Monarchianism

Gnosticism[edit]

Gnosticism refers to a diverse, syncretistic religious movement consisting of various belief systems generally united in the teaching that humans are divine souls trapped in a material world created by an imperfect god, the demiurge, who is frequently identified with the Abrahamic God. Gnosticism is a rejection (sometimes from an ascetic perspective) and vilification of the human body and of the material world or cosmos. Gnosticism teaches duality in Material (Matter) versus Spiritual or Body (evil) versus Soul (good). Gnosticism teaches that the natural or material world will and should be destroyed (total annihilation) by the true spiritual God in order to free mankind from the reign of the false God or Demiurge.

A common misperception is caused by the fact that, in the past, "Gnostic" had a similar meaning to current usage of the word mystic. There were some Orthodox Christians who as mystics (in the modern sense) taught gnosis (Knowledge of the God or the Good) who could be called gnostics in a positive sense (e.g. Diadochos of Photiki).

Whereas formerly Gnosticism was considered mostly a corruption of Christianity, it now seems clear that traces of Gnostic systems can be discerned some centuries before the Christian Era.[13] Gnosticism may have been earlier than the 1st century, thus predating Jesus Christ.[14] It spread through the Mediterranean and Middle East before and during the 2nd and 3rd centuries, becoming a dualistic heresy to Judaism (see Notzrim), Christianity and Hellenic philosophy in areas controlled by the Roman Empire and Arian Goths (see Huneric), and the Persian Empire. Conversion to Islam and the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229) greatly reduced the remaining number of Gnostics throughout the Middle Ages, though a few isolated communities continue to exist to the present. Gnostic ideas became influential in the philosophies of various esoteric mystical movements of the late 19th and 20th Centuries in Europe and North America, including some that explicitly identify themselves as revivals or even continuations of earlier gnostic groups.

Gnostic Heresies
Heresy Description Origin Official Condemnation Other
Manichaeism A major dualistic religion stating that good and evil are equally powerful, and that material things are evil. Founded in 210–276 AD by Mani Condemned by Emperor Theodosius I decree in 382 Thrived between the 3rd and 7th centuries and appears to have died out before the 16th century in southern China.
Paulicianism A Gnostic and dualistic sect The founder of the sect is said to have been an Armenian by the name of Constantine,[15] who hailed from Mananalis, a community near Samosata. Repressed by order of Emperess Theodora II in 843
Priscillianism A Gnostic and Manichaean sect Founded in the 4th century by Priscillian, derived from the Gnostic-Manichaean doctrines taught by Marcus. Priscillian was put to death by the emperor Gratian for the crime of magic. Condemned by synod of Zaragoza in 380. Increased during the 5th century despite efforts to stop it. In the 6th century, Priscillianism declined and died out soon after the Synod of Braga in 563.
Naassenes A Gnostic sect from around 100 A.D. The Naassenes claimed to have been taught their doctrines by Mariamne, a disciple of James the Just.[16] Dealt as heresy by Hippolytus of Rome
Sethian Belief that the snake in the Garden of Eden (Satan) was an agent of the true God and brought knowledge of truth to man via the fall of man Syrian sect drawing their origin from the Ophites Dealt as heresy by Irenaeus, Hippolytus, and Philaster Sect is founded around the Apocalypse of Adam.
Ophites Belief that the serpent (Satan) who tempted Adam and Eve was a hero, and that the God who forbade Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge is the enemy. Dealt as heresy by Hippolytus of Rome
Valentianism A Gnostic and dualistic sect Gnostic sect was founded by Ex-Catholic Bishop Valentinus Considered heresy by Irenaeus and Epiphanius of Salamis

Other Early Church Heresies[edit]

Other Christian heresies
Heresy Description Origin Official Condemnation Other
Antinomianism Any view which holds that Christians are freed by grace from obligations of any moral law. St Paul had to refute a charge of this type made by opponents because of his attitude to the Mosaic Law (Romans 3:8)[17] Some gnostics (e.g. Ophites and Nicolaitans) taught that since matter was opposed to the spirit, the body was unimportant. Similar views were found among some anabaptists in the sixteenth century as a consequence of justification by faith and later among some sects in seventeenth century England. Decree on Justification, chapter XV Council of Trent Few groups[who?] have declared themselves Antinomian, and the term has often been used by one group to criticize another's views.
Audianism Belief that God has human form (anthropomorphism) and that one ought to celebrate Jesus' death during the Jewish Passover (quartodecimanism). Named after the leader of the sect, Audius (or Audaeus), a Syrian who lived in the 4th century. The First Council of Nicaea condemned quartodecimanism in 325. Cyril of Alexandria condemned anthropomorphism at his Adversus Anthropomorphites
Circumcellions A militant subset of Donatism* See Donatism. Outlawed by Emperor Honorius in 408 Relied on violence.
Donatism* Donatists were rigorists, holding that the church must be a church of saints, not sinners, and that sacraments administered by traditores were invalid. They also regarded martyrdom as the supreme Christian virtue and regarded those that actively sought martyrdom as saints. Named for their second leader Donatus Magnus Condemned by Pope Melchiades Donatists were a force at the time of Saint Augustine of Hippo and disappeared only after the Arab conquest.[18]
Ebionites A Jewish sect that insisted on the necessity of following Jewish law and rites,[19] which they interpreted in light of Jesus' expounding of the Law.[20] They regarded Jesus as the Messiah but not as divine. The term Ebionites derives from the Hebrew אביונים Evionim, meaning "the Poor Ones",[21][22] Justin Martyr considered them heretical at Dialogue with Trypho the Jew chapter xlvii In 375, Epiphanius records the settlement of Ebionites on Cyprus, later Theodoret of Cyrrhus reported that they were no longer present there.[23]
Euchites /

Messalians

Belief that:
  1. The essence (ousia) of the Trinity could be perceived by the carnal senses.
  2. The Threefold God transformed himself into a single hypostasis (substance) in order to unite with the souls of the perfect.
  3. God has taken different forms in order to reveal himself to the senses.
  4. Only such sensible revelations of God confer perfection upon the Christian.
  5. The state of perfection, freedom from the world and passion, is attained solely by prayer, not through the church or sacraments. ("Euchites" means "Those who pray")
Originating in Mesopotamia, they spread to Asia Minor and Thrace. Bishop Flavian of Antioch condemned them about 376 The group might have continued for several centuries, influencing the Bogomils of Bulgaria, the Bosnian church, the Paterenes and Catharism.[24]
Iconoclasm The belief that icons are idols and should be destroyed.[25] From late in the seventh century onwards some parts of the Greek Church reacted against the veneration of icons. In 726 the Emperor Leo III ordered the destruction of all icons and persecuted those who refused. The policy continued under his successors till about 780. Later Leo V launched a second attempt which continued till the death of the emperor Theophilus in 842 Condemned by Nicea II in 787 which regulated the veneration Leo III may have been motivated by the belief that the veneration of icons, particularly in the excessive form it often took, was the chief obstacle to the conversion of Jews and Moslems
Marcionism An Early Christian dualist belief system. Marcion affirmed Jesus Christ as the savior sent by God and Paul as his chief apostle, but he rejected the Hebrew Bible and the Hebrew God. Marcionists believed that the wrathful Hebrew God was a separate and lower entity than the all-forgiving God of the New Testament. This belief was in some ways similar to Gnostic Christian theology, but in other ways different. Originates in the teachings of Marcion of Sinope at Rome around the year 144.[26] Many early apologists, such as Tertullian on his Adversus Marcionem (year 207) condemned Marcionism Marcionism continued in the West for 300 years, although Marcionistic ideas persisted much longer.[27] Marcionism continued in the East for some centuries later.
Montanism The beliefs of Montanism contrasted with orthodox Christianity in the following ways:
  • The belief that the prophecies of the Montanists superseded and fulfilled the doctrines proclaimed by the Apostles.
  • The encouragement of ecstatic prophesying.
  • The view that Christians who fell from grace could not be redeemed.
  • A stronger emphasis on the avoidance of sin and church discipline, emphasizing chastity, including forbidding remarriage.
  • Some of the Montanists were also "Quartodeciman".[28]
Named for its founder Montanus, Montanism originated at Hierapolis. It spread rapidly to other regions in the Roman Empire during the period before Christianity was generally tolerated or legal. The churches of Asia Minor excommunicated Montanism[29] Around 177, Apollinarius, Bishop of Hierapolis, presided over a synod which condemned the New Prophecy.[30] The leaders of the churches of Lyon and Vienne in Gaul responded to the New Prophecy in 177 Although the orthodox mainstream Christian church prevailed against Montanism within a few generations, labeling it a heresy, the sect persisted in some isolated places into the 8th century.
Pelagianism Belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without Divine aid. Named after Pelagius (ad. 354 – ad. 420/440). The theology was later developed by C(a)elestius and Julian of Eclanum into a complete system.[31] and refuted by Augustine of Hippo (who had for a time (385-395) held similar opinions[32]) but his final position never gained general acceptance in the East. Pelagianism was attacked in the Council of Diospolis[33] and condemned in 418 at the Council of Carthage.,[34] and the decision confirmed at the Council of Ephesus in 431.
Semipelagianism A rejection of Pelagianism which held that Augustine had gone too far to the other extreme and taught that grace aided free-will rather than replacing it. Such views were advanced by Prosper and Hilary of Aquitaine, John Cassian and Vincent of Lérins in the west. Condemned by the Council of Orange in 529 which slightly weakened some of Augustine's more extreme statements.[35] The label "Semipelagianism" dates from the seventeenth century.

 * Donatism is often spoken of as a "schism" rather than a "heresy"[36]

Medieval[edit]

Medieval heresies
Heresy Description Origin Official Condemnation Other
Bogomils A Gnostic dualistic sect that was both Adoptionist and Manichaean. Their beliefs were a synthesis of Armenian Paulicianism and the Bulgarian Slavonic Church reform movement, Emerged in Bulgaria between 927 and 970 and spread into Byzantine Empire, Serbia, Bosnia, Italy and France.
Catharism Catharism had its roots in the Paulician movement in Armenia and the Bogomils of Bulgaria, with a strong dualist influence against the physical world, regarded as evil, thus denied that Jesus could become incarnate and still be the son of God. First appeared in the Languedoc region of France in the 11th century and flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries. Catharism had its roots in the Paulician and the Bogomils with whom the Paulicians merged. Condemned by papal bull Ad abolendam After several decades of harassment and re-proselytizing, and the systematic destruction of their scripture, the sect was exhausted and could find no more adepts. The last known Cathar prefect in the Languedoc, Guillaume Bélibaste, was executed in 1321.
Free Spirit Mixed mystical beliefs with Christianity. Its practitioners believed that it was possible to reach perfection on earth through a life of austerity and spiritualism. They believed that they could communicate directly with God and did not need the Christian church for intercession. condemned at the Council of Basel in 1431 Small groups living mostly in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, during the 14th and 15th centuries.
Fraticelli (Spiritual Franciscans) Extreme proponents of the rule of Saint Francis of Assisi, especially with regard to poverty, and regarded the wealth of the Church as scandalous, and that of individual churchmen as invalidating their status. Appeared in the 14th and 15th centuries, principally in Italy Declared heretical by the Church in 1296 by Boniface VIII.
Henricians According to Peter of Cluny, Henry's teaching is summed up as follows:
  • Rejection of the doctrinal and disciplinary authority of the church;
  • Recognition of the Gospel freely interpreted as the sole rule of faith;
  • Refusal to recognize any form of worship or liturgy; and
  • Condemnation of
    • the baptism of infants,
    • the Eucharist,
    • the sacrifice of the Mass,
    • the communion of saints, and
    • prayers for the dead;
Henry of Lausanne lived in France in the first half of the 12th century. His preaching began around 1116 and he died imprisoned around 1148. In a letter written at the end of 1146, St Bernard calls upon the people of Toulouse to extirpate the last remnants of the heresy. In 1151 some Henricians still remained in Languedoc, for Matthew Paris relates that a young girl, who gave herself out to be miraculously inspired by the Virgin Mary, was reputed to have converted a great number of the disciples of Henry of Lausanne.
Triclavianism Belief that three, rather than four nails were used to crucify Christ and that a Roman soldier pierced him with a spear on the left, rather than right side. Attributed to Albigenses and Waldenses Supposedly condemned by Pope Innocent III, but most likely never actually considered a heresy by said Pope.[37]
Waldensians (Waldenses or Vaudois) A spiritual movement of the later Middle Ages Begun by Peter Waldo, a wealthy merchant who decided to give up all his worldly possessions and began to preach on the streets of Lyon in 1177.[38] Condemned by papal bull Ad abolendam Waldensians endured near annihilation in the 17th century. Descendants of this movement still exist. Over time, the denomination joined the Genevan or Reformed branch of Protestantism.

Opinions classed as heretical by Roman Catholicism[edit]

Counter-Reformation[edit]

Heresy Description Origin Official Condemnation Other
Febronianism An 18th-century German movement directed towards the nationalizing of Catholicism, the restriction of the power of the papacy in favor of that of the episcopate, and the reunion of the dissident churches with Catholic Christendom Practice and ideology condemned by pope Pius IX's Syllabus of Errors, pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Immortale Dei, and first Vatican Council compare with Erastianism
Gallicanism The belief that civil authority — often the State's authority— over the Catholic Church is comparable to that of the Pope's Practice and ideology condemned by pope Pius IX's Syllabus of Errors, pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Immortale Dei, and first Vatican Council compare with Erastianism
Jansenism A branch of Catholic thought which arose in the frame of the Counter-Reformation and the aftermath of the Council of Trent (1545–1563). It emphasized original sin, human depravity, the necessity of divine grace, and predestination. Originating in the writings of the Dutch theologian Cornelius Otto Jansen, Jansenism formed a distinct movement within the Roman Catholic Church from the 16th to 18th centuries. Condemned by Innocent X's bulls Cum occasione on May 31, 1653.
Josephinism The domestic policies of Joseph II of Austria, attempting to impose a liberal ideology on the Church. Practice and ideology condemned by pope Pius IX'sSyllabus of Errors, pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Immortale Dei, and first Vatican Council compare with Erastianism

19th century[edit]

19th century heresies
Heresy Description Origin Official condemnation Other
Jehovah's Witnesses Religious movement which expects the imininent return of Jesus. Jehovah's witnesses believe in a one-person God. No Trinity. Jesus is the first thing God created (as Michael the Archangel).[39] It follows the teachings of Charles Taze Russell The Gruppo di Ricerca e Informazione Socio Religiosa of the Milan Roman Catholic Dioceses declared in a convention in May 2011 that Jehovah's Witnesses doctrine are incompatible with Roman Catholic dogma
Latter Day Saint movement /Mormonism A group of religious denominations and adherents who follow at least some of the teachings and revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr.. God the Father was once a man, but progressed to godhood. He and His wife (Heavenly Mother) have physical bodies. No Trinity. Instead, Father, Son, and Spirit are three separate gods. Humans may become gods as well. Jesus was the spirit child between God and Mary.[39] Founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. who, in 1827, began to gather a religious following after announcing that an angel had shown him a set of golden plates describing a visit of Jesus to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The Response to a dubium on the vality of baptism confered by the"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", called "Mormons" issued by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith considered Mormon baptism invalid; and the Letter from Congregation for Clergy called Mormon praxis erroneous practices After Smith's death in 1844, the movement divided into several groups, .

Modern Movements[edit]

Heresy Description Origin Official condemnation Other
Rastafari movement The Rastafari movement is an African-based spiritual ideology that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica. It is sometimes described as a religion but is considered by many adherents to be a "Way of Life". Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), some as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father. For Rastas, smoking cannabis or ganja, is a spiritual act, often accompanied by Bible study.
Americanism A group of related heresies which were defined as the endorsement of freedom of the press, liberalism, individualism, and separation of church and state, and as an insistence upon individual initiative, which could be incompatible with the principle of Catholicism of obedience to authority. Condemned by Pope Leo XIII on his letter Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae in 1899
Anglo-Israelism Holds that English and to a lesser extent white peoples are the descendants of the ancient Israelites. Forms the Basis of the Christian Identity Movement. |
Christian Zionism Belief that the ingathering of the exiles (Jews) in Israel is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus. This belief is primarily, though not exclusively, associated with Christian Dispensationalism. The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism (August 22, 2006)[40] rejects Christian Zionism, concluding that it is a "false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation."
Community of the Lady of All Nations The movement believes that its 90-year-old founder Marie Paule Giguère reincarnates Virgin Mary Founded by Marie Paule Giguère in Quebec in 1971. Her followers were excommunicated as heretics by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on July 11, 2007[41] also known as Army of Mary
Feeneyism A theology that favors a strict interpretation of the doctrine extra Ecclesiam nulla salus ("outside the church there is no salvation"). Associated with Leonard Feeney (1897–1978), a Jesuit priest and founder of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Modernism Evolution of dogma in time and space Alfred Loisy, George Tyrell, Ernesto Buonaiuti Condemned by popes Leo XIII and Pius X in a series of encyclical between 1893 and 1910[42]
Positive Christianity A term adopted by Nazi leaders to refer to a model of Christianity consistent with Nazism. With the fall of the Nazi regime in 1945, Positive Christianity as a movement fell into obscurity. It continues to be espoused by some Christian Identity groups,[43] but has been rejected by mainstream Christian churches.
Reincarnationism Belief that certain people are or can be reincarnations of biblical figures, such as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Doctrinal Note of the Catholic Bishops of Canada concerning the Army of Mary[44] and Tribus Circiter on the Mariavites.

See also[edit]

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  20. ^ Francois P. Viljoen (2006). Jesus' Teaching on the Torah in the Sermon on the Mount. Neotestamenica 40.1, pp. 135-155. Jesus' Teaching on the Torah in the Sermon on the Mount (PDF). Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  21. ^ G. Uhlhorn, "Ebionites", in: A Religious Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology, 3rd ed. (edited by Philip Schaff), p. 684–685 (vol. 2).
  22. ^ The word is still in use in that sense in contemporary Israeli Hebrew
  23. ^ Henry Wace & William Piercy (1911). A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  24. ^ S. Runciman, The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy (Cambridge, 1947)
  25. ^ Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church art. Iconoclasm
  26. ^ (115 years and 6 months from the Crucifixion, according to Tertullian's reckoning in Adversus Marcionem, xv)
  27. ^ Berdyaev Online Library
  28. ^ Trevett 1996:202
  29. ^ Tabbernee, Prophets and Gravestones, 25.
  30. ^ Tabbernee, Prophets and Gravestones, 21-23.
  31. ^ Kelly, J.N.D. Early Christian Doctrines, p.360f.
  32. ^ Frend, W.H.C. Saints and Sinners in the Early Church, p.126)
  33. ^ *Transcript From The Council of Diospolis (Lydda) Against Pelagius, 415AD
  34. ^ Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion by William L Reese, Humanities Press 1980 p.421
  35. ^ Kelly, J.N.D.Early Christian Doctrines, p.370f
  36. ^ Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church Pelican:1967, p.123
    Frend, W.H.C. Saints and Sinners in the Early Church Darton, Longman & Todd:1985, p.102 Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church:1974, art "Donatism"
  37. ^ Bompiani, Sofia (1899). A Short History of the Italian Waldenses: Who Have Inhabited the Valleys of the Cottian Alps from Ancient Times to the Present. Barnes. p. 38. 
  38. ^ Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 874-876
  39. ^ a b Rose book of Bible charts, maps, and timelines
  40. ^ "The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism". 
  41. ^ CNN, Six Arkansas nuns excommunicated for heresy
  42. ^ Modernism (Roman Catholicism)#Official Church response
  43. ^ Kinsman Redeemer Church: Positive Christianity
  44. ^ Doctrinal Note of the Catholic Bishops of Canada concerning the Army of Mary The Army of Mary, through their misguided interpretation of Catholic teaching, would in effect not only rob Mary of her unique, irreplaceable role in salvation history, but their so-called "reincarnation" of Mary all but renders superfluous Mary's on-going intercession in heavenly glory. The Mary of the Gospel and Catholic tradition is in heaven, not on earth. It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that Mary's life is both unique and historical, and as such cannot be repeated, reproduced, or otherwise "reincarnated "...The presumed private revelation upon which the Army of Mary bases its claim to legitimacy does in fact introduce new and erroneous doctrines about the Virgin Mary and her role in the economy of salvation history. It significantly adds to Christ's definitive Revelation. It would have its followers believe, for example, that their "Immaculate" is co-eternal with the Triune God, and that although she was once the historical mother of Jesus, she is now "reincarnated" and "dwells" in the very person of the recipient of these presumed private revelations.