broken chainChristian heresies are many.  Through studying such errors as arianism, gnosticism, modalism, and pelagianism, Christians can better understand their own faith.  A heresy is a deviation from the truth.

"For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you." (1 Cor. 11:19).



  • Adoptionism--God granted Jesus powers and then adopted him as a Son.
  • Albigenses--Reincarnation and two gods: one good and other evil.
  • Apollinarianism--Jesus' divine will overshadowed and replaced the human.
  • Arianism--Jesus was a lesser, created being.
  • Docetism--Jesus was divine but only seemed to be human.
  • Donatism--Validity of sacraments depends on character of the minister.
  • Gnosticism--Dualism of good and bad and special knowledge for salvation.
  • Kenosis--Jesus gave up some divine attributes while on earth.
  • Modalism--God is one person in three modes.
  • Monarchianism--God is one person.
  • Monophysitism--Jesus had only one nature: divine.
  • Nestorianism--Jesus was two persons.
  • Patripassionism--The Father suffered on the cross.
  • Pelagianism--Man is unaffected by the fall and can keep all of God's laws.
  • Semi-Pelagianism--Man and God cooperate to achieve man's salvation.
  • Socinianism--Denial of the Trinity. Jesus is a deified man.
  • Subordinationism--The Son is lesser than the Father in essence and or attributes.
  • Tritheism--The Trinity is really three separate gods.

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