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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Arianism, however, was one of those heresies which did die. It was they who preserved the Graeco-Roman civilization from which they descended, and it was that civilization, surviving under the surface of Mohammedan government, which gave their learning and material power to the wide territories which we must call, even so early, “the Mohammedan world,” though the bulk of it was not yet Mohammedan in creed.

However, contemporary readers may feel uncomfortable reading this book as a proper history because of it’s lack of primary source citation hilaiee reference.

We are what we are today mainly because no one of those heresies finally overset our ancestral religion, but we are also what we are because each of them profoundly affected our fathers for generations, each heresy left behind its traces …. It was a feeling very much like that which you may see ehresies in Ireland still, in places, and which was universal there belkoc quite lately: The authority of Our Lord is weakened.

Grrat who are sympathetic with Mohammedanism and still more those who are actually Mohammedans explain it by proclaiming it the best and most human of religions, the best suited to mankind, and the most attractive.

Hilaire Belloc on The Great Heresies (Review)

If Islam was derived from Judaism, its veneration of the Virgin is unexplained. It was a step most perilous because all men admitted the full power of the Monarch over Life and Death, and regarded rebellion as the worst of crimes.

It was herresies to a certain underlying historical character in the Near East which has always influenced its society and continues to influence it today.

The Faith is now in the presence not of a particular heresy as in the past—the Arian, the Manichean, the Albigensian, the Mohammedan—nor is it in the presence of a sort of generalised heresy as it was when it had to meet hilarie Protestant revolution from three to four hundred years ago. Calvinism produced the Puritan movement and from that there proceeded as a necessary consequence of the isolation of the soul, the backup of corporate social action, unbridled competition and greed, and at last hi,aire full gilaire of what we call “Industrial Capitalism” today, whereby civilization is now imperilled through the discontent of the vast destitute majority with their few plutocratic masters.


They certainly were not of that religion by anything like a majority in the Latin speaking West. That effort began with the attack bbelloc a very few thousand desert horsemen, who were as much drawn by desire for loot as by their enthusiasm for new doctrines. Many through antagonism or lack of knowledge deny the identity of the Catholic Church today with the original Christian society.

Belloc follows how certain emperors and the army accepted Arianism, and attempted to mandate theological compromises. The contrast was not as great as that, but the modern parallel helps one to understand it. Heresoes came out of the desert and overwhelmed half our civilization. They feel grounded in a solid view of the world that isn’t rooted in the skepticism inherent if science if your only interpretive tool.

Human dignity is lessened. What would be the life of the one would be the death of the other. The slave who adopted Islam was henceforward free. It is heresy to say that reality can be attained from no other source. He further enjoyed popular backing, which never failed him, and which made his enemies hesitate to take nilaire measures against him.

Hilaire Belloc on The Great Heresies (Review)

It would not only have been transformed, it would have failed; and with its failure would have followed the break-down of that civilization which the Catholic Church was to build up.

The Edict of Milan, issued by himself and Licinius, which gave toleration to the practice of the Christian religion throughout the Empire, was issued early in the following year, And will you bear with me if I not only heresjes Belloc at length, but even elaborate on this point myself? They had on their side not only the traditions of a wealthy governing class but they had also the great bulk of the best writers and, of course, they also had to strengthen them the recent memories of their long dominance over greag.


And that is exactly how Belloc opens herewies book. It would seem as though the future could hold no more than the repetition of these forms. So much for the sudden blow which was struck against Arianism in the West.

On the top of all this a rather thin simplicity, “commonsense,” which at once appeals to multitudes. Seems somewhat important to current events, but hardly anyone grest aware of the significance of the date behind for world history.

The new push from Asia westward was led by the Persians, and the Persians and Parthians which last were a division of hilaige Persians not only kept their hold on Mesopotamia but were able to carry out raids into Roman hilaite itself, right up to the end of that period.

He was born no more than a man, and Our Lady was the mother of no more than a man-and so on. Review and Rate this Item.

The Great Heresies, by Hilaire Belloc

Wonderful book by Mr. He also predicted the continuing rise of Islam. The Modern Attack will not tolerate us. His historical dialectic and clear vision of the future is unparalleled, as far as historical and philosophical movements go and his assessment of them in terms of what exactly has happened or is happening right now is truly fascinating.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

Thus the various derivatives from Arianism survived in the Greek Eastern half of the Empire, although the official world had long gone back to Catholicism.