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A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of by G. R. Evans

By G. R. Evans

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I believe in one catholic and apostolic Church Questions about sin and the forgiveness of sin and the role of the sacraments arose in new and much more complicated ways in the Middle Ages, but at the time of the formation of the creeds one key question was whether the Church had authority to declare God’s forgiveness of sins. Another concerned the role of baptism in the remission of The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 33 sins. It was also actively discussed whether baptism could be repeated. So the creed refers simply to these key points: I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins Questions about the purpose and end of human life were also in their early stages of ‘thinking through’ when the creeds were completed.

Between the end of the second century and the first decades of the third century these came to have the same sort of standing and weight as the Old Testament. There was some local variation. Some churches accepted writings such as the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas. Gradually, other books now in the New The Importance of Being United 13 Testament ‘canon’ won acceptance, although doubts hung over Hebrews, Revelation and some of the non-Pauline epistles into the late third or fourth centuries.

The dualists attributed the creation of matter (or visible things) to the evil God, and the creation of the invisible spirit or soul to the good God. They held that as a result there is a ‘war’ inside every human being between body and soul, with physical longings pulling one way and spiritual aspirations the other. The creed sums this up by emphasizing that the God of the Christians made both matter and spirit, visible and invisible worlds: I believe in one God the Father Almighty Maker of heaven and earth And of all things visible and invisible These clauses emphasize that there is only one God and that he is omnipotent, not merely one of a pair of opposed The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 31 forces in the universe engaged in eternal warfare.

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