Heresy

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Abstract

Medieval theologians took their concept of heresy mainly from the texts of Jerome and Augustine quoted in Gratian’s Decretum. Thomas Aquinas argued that anyone who pertinaciously denies even a minor item of church or Bible teaching falls into heresy. Ockham developed criteria for pertinacity and argued that a Christian, even if his or her opinions are actually in error, cannot be regarded as pertinacious simply for refusing to defer to the teaching of a pope.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of medieval philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationphilosophy between 500 and 1500
EditorsHenrik Lagerlund
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages466-470
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781402097287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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