Apostate vs Heresy - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between apostate and heresy

is that apostate is a person who has renounced a religion or faith while heresy is (religion) a doctrine held by a member of a religion at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from roman catholic dogma.

As an adjective apostate

is guilty of apostasy.

apostate

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Guilty of apostasy.
  • We must punish this apostate priest.
  • * Milton
  • So spake the apostate angel.
  • * Steele
  • A wretched and apostate state.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
  • (Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
  • Synonyms

    * deconvert * recreant * withersake

    See also

    * heretic

    heresy

    English

    (wikipedia heresy)

    Alternative forms

    *

    Noun

    (heresies)
  • (religion) A doctrine held by a member of a religion at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from Roman Catholic dogma.
  • * 1968 , History of Western Civilization, edited by Heyes, Baldwin & Cole, p.47. Macmillan. Library of Congress 67–13596
  • Heresy meant deliberate departure from the accepted doctrines of the church. It was intellectual and spiritual dissent and concerned the beliefs of Christianity, not the morals of its adherents.
  • A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy or science.
  • See also

    * schism * Arianism * monophysism * Nestorianism * Pelagianism

    References