The Great Heresies () by Hilaire Belloc Table of contents. Introduction: What is a Heresy?→. Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikidata item. Introduction: Heresy Scheme of This Book The Arian Heresy The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed The Albigensian Attack What Was the Reformation?. In this new edition of a classic work, the great Catholic apologist and historian Hilaire Belloc examines the five most destructive heretical.

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He lived as a man and had been known as a man by a group of close companions and a very large number of men and women who had followed Him, and heard Him and witnessed His actions.

They certainly were not of that religion by anything like a majority in the Latin speaking Heresise.

Heresy is therefore thought to be of no contemporary interest. It had for ally the tendency of government in an absolute monarchy to be half afraid of emotions present in the minds of the people and especially in the poorer people: Don’t get me wrong, Chesterton spoke his mind, but Belloc didn’t has the sense of humor that made Chesterton seem more good-natured.

The book is divided into the following chapters: There is one Christian belief; the rest are heresies.

heresiess He also blames Protestantism in general for the rise skepticism present today: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. So much for the general meaning and interest of that most pregnant word “Heresy. The mere snobs, who are always a vast body in any society-that is, the people who have no opinions of their own but who follow what they believe to be the honorific thing of the moment-would be divided.


The Great Heresies, by Hilaire Belloc

It forces one to think about the real and ongoing ramifications to this split. All heresy talks in those terms.

He clearly predicted that Islam would once again gain in strength hresies influence to be an important force in the world. As we all know, the new teaching relaxed the marriage laws-but in practice this did not affect the mass of his followers who still remained monogamous.

They went on to overrun Egypt; they pushed further and further into the heart of our Christian civilization with all its grandeur of Rome. The Case for Catholicism. Human society cannot carry on without some creed, because a code and a character are the product of a creed.

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That would be true. The Army was, of course, in mere numbers, only a fraction of society. Belloc wrote this in I’ve read a good amount of Belloc but this is my favorite by far. Within a lifetime half the wealth and nearly half the territory of the Christian Roman Empire was in the hands of Mohammedan masters and officials, and the mass of the population was becoming affected more and more by this hereskes thing.

It regards man as sufficient to himself [and], prayer as mere self-suggestion. Belloc was a genius. Both in the world of Hither Asia and in the Graeco-Roman world of the Mediterranean, but especially in the latter, society had fallen, much as our society has today, into a tangle wherein the bulk of men were disappointed and angry and seeking for breat solution to the whole group of social strains.


Its note was simplicity and therefore it was suited to the popular mind in a society where hitherto a restricted class had pursued its quarrels on theology and government.

The Arian attack proposed a change of fundamental doctrine, such that, had the change prevailed, the whole nature of the religion would have been transformed.

There are certain arguments or methods which are general to all chapters: Please try again later. He is fast to read as well as a breath of fresh air. Mohammedan government and influence had taken the place of Christian government and influence, and were on the way to making the bulk of the Mediterranean on the east and the south Mohammedan.

But for the Army, Arianism would never have meant what it did. First, the momentum of all that came before him. Written in the old-style without footnotes, Belloc rips through history with a passionate zeal for Catholic truth.