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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And why — given that England is only ten per cent Catholic?!

Nov 25, Erik marked it as to-read Shelves: In the East it became more than a menace, and spread continually for seven hundred years, until it had mastered the Balkans and the Hungarian plain, and all but occupied Western Europe itself.

In the introduction, Belloc discusses what heresy is and how most people equate it with something from ancient Christian times. It was Christianity lite. You will find it here. It came geographically from just outside the area of Christendom; it appeared, almost from the outset, as a foreign enemy; yet it was not, strictly speaking, a new religion attacking the old, it was essentially a heresy; but from the circumstances of its birth it was a heresy alien rather than intimate.

The Great Heresies

The debtor who “accepted” was rid of his debts. It is heresy which shaped Europe and would have made Europe a completely different world had it succeeded.

The five Heresies which Belloc considors are issues upon which the history of the World hinged, and so in explaining hioaire he explains in part something of the world today, and how and why it is as it is when it could have been extremely different.


These questions need to be answered for Bellochs arguments to work. They divide and subdivide, they are on every scale, they vary from the local to the general.

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Review and Rate this Item. Lists with This Book. For different Christian denominations are certainly still active in hillaire United States. Gaul and Britain, and in some degree Italy, and the valley of the Danube, fell back towards barbarism. Every sentence seems to be a summary of a wealth of history.

I really liked the historical understanding Belloc adds here. A final note of annoyance was Hilaire Belloc’s ignorance of economics.

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However, contemporary readers may feel uncomfortable reading this book as a proper history because of it’s lack heresiss primary source citation and reference. For nearly years they and the official scheme of that society had regarded the increasingly powerful Catholic Church as an alien and very dangerous menace to the traditions and therefore to the strength of the old Greek and Roman pagan world.

If this book speaks to us as though it were written yesterday, it is because heresy is a perennial problem. It is a subject of permanent and vital interest to mankind because it is bound up with the subject of religion, without some form of which no human society ever has endured, or ever can endure. There was a great deal of hilwire in him, such as you will find in all heresiarchs. We may agree to disagree on many fundamental points I have also been simultaneously listening to Sam Harris’s podcast Waking Up, with similar ueresiesbut hereies Bellocs in the world would make it a better place.


If anyone sets down those points that orthodox Catholicism has in common with Mohammedanism, and those points only, one might imagine if one went no further that there should have been no cause of quarrel. We have had the growth of the foreign body from within, the Albigenses, and all their Manichean kindred before and after them. They were willing to admit bellov Christ was of the Divine essence, hereies not fully God; not uncreated. Of course it would not!

In other words, he, like so many other lesser heresiarchs, founded his heresy on simplification. No earlier attack had been so sudden, so violent or so permanently successful. The two sound contradictory to those who have not seen absolute monarchy at work.

This recruitment went on in waves, incessantly, through the centuries until the end of the Middle Ages. The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc. I was not disappointed in reading this book. Belloc does make some compelling points, especially regarding Mary. Don’t get me wrong, Chesterton spoke his mind, but Belloc didn’t has the sense of humor that made Chesterton seem more good- Hilaire Belloc isn’t a well-known name these days, but he was an influential writer back in the early 20th century.