Understanding the difference between heresy and heterodoxy as described in Justin Holcomb’s clear article is critical for Christian unity. I found this to be true in the small Bible study group I held in my home for 17 years. We had people from different churches, Protestant and Catholic. I stressed that agreeing on the foundations of our faith in the Nicene Creed kept us unified.
Those who debate the predestination issue distance themselves from those who disagree as if they were heretics. I have cautioned people to resist this temptation.
Such an overdue rebuke of the church’s current addiction to the word “heresy.”
I tell students a heresy is usually an effort to resolve one of Christianity’s key paradoxes, but here is CT’s take.
Mark Galli’s editorial “The New Battle for the Bible” focused the entire October issue. In my 32 years of ministry at a Christian school, I have seen Christian groups increasingly depend on other sources of truth as our first choice for faith and practice. It feels good to use best practices from business, psychology, education, and marketing. But popular practices often do not originate from the Bible.
The Bible often looks foolish to the world and to the consensus confirmed by research and surveys. But God’s Word is sufficient for equipping us for every good work. What radical changes would we make in our organizations if we went to the Bible first?
Little Rock, Arkansas
I completely agree with “The New Battle for the Bible,” and am glad to hear CT express it. Yet as I think ...1