Giordano Bruno, heretic and philosopher

Andy Rau

September 16, 2008

Am I the only one who thought that this was going to be a piece about the British Prime Minister?

September 16, 2008

Eddie, if I was being honest when I first saw Giordano, I thought of this great pizza place nearby me where I grew up.<br><br>That said, it's a really interesting story and always good to get a reminder that some philosophies have been around for quite some time.

September 17, 2008

Favorite all-time heretic: Some dude called Jesus of Nazareth - He ruffled a few feathers in his day!

September 17, 2008

Heresy, as Paul used the term, comes from a Greek root meaning faction or party. In a hierarchically organized church, or even a disorganized church with established doctrine, accusations of heresy are the party in power calling the parties out of power factions. Its not much different from the accusation of "factionalism" by whoever is in power in a communist party. The fact that there are parties at all, such as those of Apollo vs. those of Paul, is the error. When each individual can speak, and each individual listens to, is challenged by, learns from, or learns to reaffirm their own beliefs in response to, what others are saying, we have a true fellowship of believers, who are humble enough not to claim the mantle of God for the limits of their own understanding. Many Protestants, including Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, would have been equally ready to burn Bruno at the stake.

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