The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Interfaith Discussion Group: Heresy

Tue, September 11, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

Our first interfaith discussion of the semester will be on the question of heresy. To have a heresy, one needs to have an “orthodoxy,” that is, a fixed, correct teaching. Where do heresies come from? Why do they meet with such resistance? Can one learn from heretical thought?

To explore these questions, we’re going to take a look at one of the great heresies of the western Christian tradition—the Bogomil/Cathar heresy. (These are actually two distinct heresies of different regions and eras, as we will clarify in the discussion.) The readings include excerpts from two books these heresies and how they looked in comparison to the orthodoxy at the time, as well as a text that will provide a defense of the idea of an orthodoxy. Read from them what you can and come prepared to discuss the issues in question. 

We will be led by sophomore Jefferson Scholar, Dylan McKibban.The readings are available here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/blpo55m359cb24r/Heresy%20Handouts.pdf?dl=0

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