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We’re in sight of the finish line. I sat down last week and strategically counted out how many more days of school we need to do until we can close up those grammar books and place them on the shelves to gather dust for the summer. No, I’m not one of those year-’round-we’re-always-in-learning-mode moms. I know they exist because they write inspiring books and have great blogs. I just don’t know any of them personally. (OK, maybe one – I think she has a giant tadpole on her kitchen counter beside her rack of freshly baked bread! 😉 ) Anyway, just mere hours after my impressive calculations were complete……I had an idea….one that would add more days on to our studies. NO! I LOVE the sensation of my brain turning to mush as I read my Southern Living Magazine while the Runningkids splash in the pool! But I ask you (as I was asking myself when my great idea hit) how can our study of Ancient Civilizations and the Early Church be complete without at least a brief overview of the heresies that existed during that time!?!?

“Why study the heresies,” you wonder?

Think of the person you most love. (Jesus doesn’t count for this exercise.) Now imagine folks are spreading lies about this person. These lies are subtle and often difficult to distinguish from the truth…but they’re still lies. You would certainly want to defend your beloved with more than a simple “Hey, that’s not true!” You would want to understand the lies so that your defense could be truthful, specific, and persuasive.

“And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.” 2 Peter 3:15-16

I doubt any of these men who were twisting scripture saw himself as ignorant or unstable. In fact, I would assume many of these men were probably well-meaning, good, passionate men in search of the truth. I’m sure they thought they were speaking the truth in love – perhaps even doing the Church a favor….when actually they were tweaking the truth. I think that’s frightening. And that’s why it’s important to me that I and the Runningkids understand the Great Heresies that plagued the Early Church. These were attacks on Jesus, our beloved Savior, and on Christianity. Variations of some of these heresies still exist today, although they may go by a different name. We need to be able to recognize them.

Initially I thought this post would be just a quick overview of some of the heresies but it became clear that explaining heresy is the stuff from which entire books are written. So I now have Hiliare Belloc’s Great Heresies on the way to me from Amazon.com. In fact, an email in my inbox today is telling me it will arrive at my door just days before our family heads south, to sunny Florida, for a week – nothing like a good book about heresy for a little brain candy by the pool, huh? I think I’ll pack my Southern Living just in case! 😉


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Since I’m feeling like I have to schedule an appointment just to catch my breath these days, I’m going to point you to some interesting things being said by some other folks in various places.

Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, shares some thoughts on praying to the saints here and has commented further on his blog entry Talking Past Each Other.

Chris at the Catholic Converts blog has a nice explanation of Apostolic Succession, a concept I had never even heard of (much less understood the importance of) until within the past 5 years.

And for my homeschooling friends, I’m linking Elizabeth Foss’s reflections on her Rule of Six. I found it very thought-provoking.

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