Anyone who chose the forbidden gospels over Constantine’s version was deemed a heretic.
The medieval Italian card game was so replete with hidden heretical symbolism that Langdon had dedicated an entire chapter in his new manuscript to the Tarot.
On that day, countless Knights were captured, tortured mercilessly, and finally burned at the stake as heretics.
The word heretic derives from that moment in history.
Those who ’chose’ the original history of Christ were the world’s first heretics.
Midwives also were killed for their heretical practice of using medical knowledge to ease the pain of childbirth—a suffering, the Church claimed, that was God’s rightful punishment for Eve’s partaking of the Apple of Knowledge, thus giving birth to the idea of Original Sin.
Clement’s letter claimed that God had visited him in a vision and warned him that the Knights Templar were heretics guilty of devil worship, homosexuality, defiling the cross, sodomy, and other blasphemous behavior.
"Leigh," Langdon said, turning, "during the Inquisition, the Church accused the Knights Templar of all kinds of heresies, right?"
There are no more uses of "heresy" in the book.
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It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
Before the separation of Church and State, an accusation of heresy could be treated as treason.