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HERESY Definition & Legal Meaning

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In English law. An offense against religion, consisting not in a total denialof Christianity, but of some of its essential doctrines, publicly and obstinately avowed. 4Bl. Comm. 44, 45. An opinion on divine subjects devised by human reason, openlytaught, and obstinately maintained.1 Hale, P. C. 3S4. This offense is now subject only to ecclesiastical correction, and is nolonger punishable by the secular law. 4 Steph. Comm. 233.


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