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Meaning of Heresy

An offense against ecclesiastical law , consisting in the holding of a false opinion contrary to the essential doctrines of Christianity.

Heresy Alternative Definition

In English law. An offense against religion, consisting not in a total denial of Christianity, but of some of its essential doctrines, publicly and obstinately avowed. 4 Bl. Comm. 44, 45. An opinion on divine subjects devised by human reason, openly taught, and obstinately maintained. 1 Hale, P. C. 384. This offense is now subject only to ecclesiastical correction, and is no longer punishable by the secular law. 4 Steph. Comm. 233.

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