IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1123: What Makes a Heresy?

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Lollard Society
Organiser:Jill C. Havens, Department of English, Baylor University, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Jill C. Havens, Department of English, Baylor University, Texas
Respondent:John H. Arnold, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1123-aForcing the Heretic out of the Tradition
(Language: English)
Ian Levy, Lexington Theological Seminary, Kentucky
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1123-bFalse Piety and Incredible Subtlety: Mysticism, Heresy and the Legacy of Marguerite Porete
(Language: English)
Wendy Love Anderson, Webster University, Missouri
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

This session asks the simple question: what makes a heresy? But, as scholars and students of medieval heretical movements know, the answer to that question is not so simple. The first paper will deal with how the opponents of Wyclif defined the Wycliffite movement as heretical, the paper focusing specifically on the issue of scriptural interpretation. The second paper will provide more general theological perspectives on how heresies defined themselves and how they were defined by their opponents within the orthodox church. The respondent will take up these issues and add to this discussion a perspective from a historian of the Cathar heresy.