The Great Heresies [Hilaire Belloc] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hilaire Belloc examines the five most destructive heretical movements. In this new edition of a classic work, the great Catholic apologist and historian Hilaire Belloc examines the five most destructive heretical movements in. The Great Heresies has ratings and 58 reviews. Ben said: Another eye opening history from a very readable writer. Hilaire Belloc was half English, ha.

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When I was a New Ager — without the slightest notion as to what Catholicism was, nor much of history either — I would have found Belloc disagreeable indeed, perhaps even dangerous.

Interest in it is dead, because it deals with matter no one now takes seriously. Belloc shows that the heresies of olden times are still with us, sometimes under different names and guises, and that they still shape our world. One answer is that it won battles. That is the main fact which accounts for the sudden spread of Islam after its first armed victory over the armies rather than the people of the Greek-speaking Eastern Empire.

That would be true. Second, the sudden release of the Church by Constantine.

The Great Heresies – Hilaire Belloc

And the army meant the generals; the generals of the army were for the most part, and permanently, Arian. Every heresy will tell you that it has purified the corruptions of Christian doctrines and in general done nothing but good to mankind, satisfied the human soul, and so on. What we believe or disbelieve shapes belolc in a very deep-seated manner. When this feeling becomes so strong that men are willing to suffer and die for it, it takes the form of a Nationalist revolution.


But he ends modestly optimistically, noting that a minority of men can decide a contest. More ink is spilt over the social, cultural, and national mechanics that the Reformation set in motion than the so-called heresy itself.

Even the Rationalism of the eighteenth century hilaiee, in its own place and time, checked and repelled. To do so would be to endanger the vital principle by which the Church exists, the principle of the Incarnation, and the Church is essential to the Empire and Mankind.

To deal with it, we must learn its origin and beoloc. The Church seems to have an organic, a native, life quite unusual: We have just seen what was the main cause of Islam’s extraordinarily rapid spread; a complicated and fatigued society, and one burdened with the institution of slavery; one, moreover, in which millions of peasants in Egypt, Syria and all the East, crushed with usury and heavy taxation, were offered immediate relief by the new creed, or rather, the new heresy.

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His theory was certainly hwresies his own original discovery, but he made it his own; he identified it with his name. Belloch also spends a few paragraphs judging the world in terms of a Protestant part, which fell to usury, thereby gaining power, and a Catholic part which suffered more because of its stronger dependence on a now weakened Church as an explanation of the contemporary state of the world.

Islam preserved the Greek philosophers, the Greek mathematicians and their works, the physical science of the Greek and Heresiez earlier writers.

I’m glad to have found Belloc, and I continue to feel drawn to these great Catholic authors. Sep 29, Chad rated it really liked it Shelves: The particular tone greay unmistakable impress which it stamped upon society being no longer experienced is non-existent for us, and it had to be resurrected, as it were, by anyone who wants to talk true history. It does not like to feel that great decisions may be imposed by organizations other than its own official organization.


The Great Heresies

The local generals took over power. He appears more and more as a man—perhaps a myth. It was remarkable among all the powers which have ruled these lands throughout history for what has wrongly been called its “tolerance.

Islam was the hetesies heresy that nearly destroyed Christendom through its early material hwresies intellectual superiority. On this account it can appeal to believers and continues to affect their lives through deflecting them from their original characters. The Great Greatt by Hilaire Belloc. So treating Islam as a heretical movement which sprang out of Christianity brings its own questions, which again never get an answer.

The schisms are as much attacks upon the life of the Catholic Church as are the heresies; the greatest schism of all, the Greek or Orthodox, which has produced the Greek or Orthodox communion, is manifestly a disruption of our strength.

Next, the Reformation challenged the authority of Church governance. Therefore we will not allow them to enter our communion. The time in which it arose the years round about A. These five are, their in historical order, 1.