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By Geoffrey S. Smith

Few literary ideas have exercised as a lot impression upon Christian attitudes towards inner variety as has the perform of organizing the names and alleged misdeeds of rival academics into heresy catalogues. for 2 millennia, fans of Jesus have hired the heresy catalogue as a strong weapon in inner struggles for legitimacy, authority, and supremacy. regardless of its enduring attractiveness and impression in the Christian culture, the heresy catalogue is still an underappreciated polemical style between historians of early Christianity.

Guilt by means of Association explores the construction, book, and movement of heresy catalogues via moment- and early third-century Christians. Polemicists made use of those non secular blacklists, which come with the names of heretical academics besides summaries in their unsavory doctrines and nefarious misdeeds, so one can discredit rivals and suggest their expulsion from the "authentic" Christianity neighborhood. The heresy catalogue proved to be particularly powerful since it not just recast rival lecturers as menacing adversaries, but in addition bolstered such characterizations by way of organizing in a different way unaffiliated lecturers into coherent highbrow, social, and scholastic groups which are demonstrated and sustained by means of demonic powers.

Geoffrey Smith focuses specifically at the earliest Christian heresy catalogues, together with these chanced on in the works of Justin, Irenaeus, and Hegesippus, to shed new mild upon the complicated method in which early Christianity took shape.

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