Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth (Paperback)
A History of Defending the Truth
HarperOne, 9780061998997, 282pp.
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Why the Church must defend the truth.
Our ongoing fascination with alternative Christianities is ondisplay every time a never-before-seen gospel text is revealed, an archaeological discovery about Jesus makes front-page news, or anew work of fiction challenges the very foundations of the church.Now, in a timely corrective to this trend, renowned church historianAlister McGrath examines the history of subversive ideas, overturningcommon misconceptions that heresy is somehow more spiritual orliberating than traditional dogma. In so doing, he presents a powerful, compassionate orthodoxy that will equip the church to meet thechallenge from renewed forms of heresy today.
Praise For Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth…
“Not only a riveting story of ancient controversies, but also a much needed and timely correction to the commonly held notion that heretics were mostly free thinkers who challenged a narrow and closed orthodoxy.”
-Justo L. González, author of The Story of Christianity
“Alister McGrath helps us understand what heresy is and why it exercises a powerful attraction upon the human mind. It is full of illuminating historical discussions and insights into the motivations that lead people to adopt heresy as a style of life and a personal demeanor.”
-Dallas Willard, author of Knowing Christ Today
“A penetrating examination by an intellectual powerhouse.”