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apostasy,

in religion: see heresyheresy,
in religion, especially in Christianity, beliefs or views held by a member of a church that contradict its orthodoxy, or core doctrines. It is distinguished from apostasy, which is a complete abandonment of faith that makes the apostate a deserter, or former member.
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Apostasy

See also Sacrilege.
Aholah and Aholibah
symbolize Samaria’s and Jerusalem’s abandonment to idols. [O.T.: Ezekiel 23:4]
Albigenses
heretical sect; advocated Manichaean dualism. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 53]
Arians
4th-century heretical sect; denied Christ’s divinity. [Christian Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 43]
Big-endians
heretical group; always break eggs unlawfully at large end. [Br. Lit.: Gulliver’s Travels]
Cathari
heretical Christian sect in 12th and 13th centuries; professed a neo-Manichaean dualism. [Christian Hist.: EB, II: 639]
Donatists
Christian group in North Africa who broke with Catholicism (312). [Christian Hist.: EB, III: 618]
Ebionites
2nd- and 3rd-century Christian ascetic sect that retained a Jewish emphasis. [Christian Hist.: EB, III: 768]
Erastianism
doctrine declaring state is superior to the church in ecclesiastical affairs (1524–1543). [Christian Hist.: EB, III: 937]
Fires of Smithfield
Marian martyrs burnt at stake as heretics. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1013]
Gnosticism
heretical theological movement in Greco-Roman world of 2nd century. [Christian Hist.: EB, IV: 587]
Inquisition
Roman Catholic tribunal engaged in combating and suppressing heresy. [Christian Hist.: NCE, 1352]
Jansenism
unorthodox Roman Catholic movement of the 17th and 18th centuries led by Cornelius Jansen. [Christian Hist.: EB, V: 515]
Julian the Apostate
(331–363) Roman emperor, educated as a Christian but renounced Christianity when he became emperor. [Rom. Hist.: Benét, 533]
Lollards
in late medieval England, a name given to followers of unorthodox philosopher John Wycliffe. [Christian Hist.: EB, VI: 306]
min
appellation of any heretic, Jew or non-Jew. [Judaism: Wigoder, 417]
Monophysites
heretical Christian sect who questioned the divine and human nature of Jesus. [Christian Hist.: EB, VI: 1003]
Montanism
2nd-century heretical Christian movement led by prophet Montanus. [Christian Hist.: EB, VI: 1012]
Sabellianism
3rd-century Christian heresy led by Sabellius. [Christian Hist.: EB, VIII: 747]