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and confined for life in close custody at Toulouse. His followers dispersed themselves over the southern provinces of France, mixed with the Albigenses, and were annihilated together with them. Thus terminated the pretended perpetuity of the protestant system of religion-of those enlightened times; and such was the end of another of Mr Basnage's famed patriarchs of the reformation. (Hist. des Egl. Ref. t. 1, Period 4, c. 6, p. 145. See PETER OF BRUYS.) To his other claims of veneration from protestants, let it be added, that Henry of Bruys was convicted of adultery and other grievous crimes ; and that he was ordinarily attended by crowds of profligate women, to whom he preached up the most execrable immorality. These he persuaded to atone for past sins by public immodesties in the church, &c. (Acta. Episcop. Cenonlan. in Vita Hildeberti.)
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HERACLEONITES-sectarists of the second age, and a branch of Valentinians. Their author was one Heracleon, who appeared about the year 140, and disseminated his erroneous principlcs chiefly in Sicily. St Epiphanius tells us, (Hær. 36) that to the reveries of Valentinus, Heracleon had superadded his own visionary conceits. He admitted two worlds ; the
visible and corporeal, the other spiritual and invisible. The last of which only, according to him, was the work of the Divine Word. He labored hard to justify his system by forced and allegorical origi explications of Holy Scripture, unwarranted either by reason or
that tradition. Thus did he impose upon the credulity of many, and form the sect denominated from him Heracleonites. His com
Mose mentaries on the gospels of St John, and of St Luke, were refuted by the famous Origen, and are full of allegories--destitute alike of probability and good sense; always arbitrary, and frequently ridiculous. (Philostorg. de Hær. c. 41. Autor. Append. apud Tert. 4. 49. Aug. de Hær. c. 16. Epiph. Hær. 36. Grabe Spicileg. secundi sæc. p. 80.)
HERMIANS--the followers of one Hermias who flourished in · the second age, and adopted the sentiments of Hermogenes. He held the eternity of matter; that God was the soul of the universe, and that consequently he was incumbered with a material body, agreeably to the opinion of the Stoics. Jesus Christ, he said, rising again from the dead had not taken with him into heaven his sacred body, but had reposited it in the sun whence he had originally assumed it. The soul of
The soul of man, accord
what ing to the ideas of this new doctor, is composed of elementary fire and subtil air ; the birth of children he identifies with the resurrection, and this world he ridiculously supposes to be hell.
Auch Thus did Hermias attempt to adulterate the doctrines of chris,
tianity, in order to make them tally with the system of the ll
Stoics; which, beyond all doubt, neither he nor other philoich
sophers of the second age would have deemed worth while, had
HERMOGENIANS--received their tenets and their name from
philosophy, embraced the christian religion ; but without aban-
The Stoic philosophers admitted a Supreme Being, infinitely
perfect. This Being they supposed to be what they termed the Epel
soul of the universe, intermingled and confounded with matter,
the blind impetuosity of the elements. While the christians, on anh
the contrary, held an eternal and self-existing principle, sove* reignly perfect and uncompounded with matter ; which by a
simple act of its own will, had brought all things into being ; that had commanded every thing that now exists to come forth out | his
of nothing, and was instantly obeyed.
The principal error retained by Hermogenes after his con
version to christianity, was—with the Stoics to suppose matter Ford.
to be eternal and increated, the more easily to account for the tical
origin of evil. He rested his system on the false hypothesis-
he combats his adversary's arguments with great energy and free
If, says he, matter be eternal and increated, it is
because he is a necessary principle; self-existent, eternal, and,
It is therefore an absurdity to sup-
ry, yet limited and imperfect. With just as much consistency He migħt it be said, that God himself, although a necessary and
self-existing principle, is imperfect, limited and feeble. Second
ly, it is alike absurd to say, that matter is an eternal and ne1
cessary entity, but that its attributes are not so; and that God could alter its state, and give to it a different arrangement from what it had originally. For, eternity or necessary
existence implies immutability, and is incompatible with any change. Tertullian also proves, that an eternal and increated being, such as Hermogenes will have matter to be, cannot be essentially evil; consequently, the hypothesis of the eternity of
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matter, would not account for the origin of evil-the grand object which Hermogenes, in maintaining the co-eternity of matter, had in view.
HESYCASTES, that is to say, QUIETISTS—were pretended contemplatives among the Greeks, originating with their monks in the eleventh century.
In the fervour of their meditation they imagined themselves in ectasy, and fancied that they bebeld & heavenly light, which they took to be an emanation from the Divine substance, and the very same with that which the apostles had beheld on occasion of our Blessed Redeemer's transfiguration upon Mount Thabor. This ridiculous conceit was renewed with greater zeal in
gle the fourteenth century, especially at Constantinople ; where it excited much disquisition, occasioned synodical convocations of bishops, produced ecclesiastical censures, and a variety of treatises written pro and con by the contending parties.
From this silly fanaticism of the Grecian monks, many pro wha testants have taken occasion to declaim against the contemplative life. But a paroxysm of folly in the mystics of Mount Athos, demonstrates only the weakness of their own brain.
is ti Certainly, a person may acquire a habit of meditating upon holy things, without forfeiting the use of reason ; and one may the be a fool, without the gift of contemplation. The church in apdog proving the religious institute of monks and nuns, does not ap- beter prove fanaticism or superstition.
HETERODOX, or DIFFERING IN OPINION--is an epithet equally applicable to false doctrines and false teachers in matters of reli
. gion. A false teacher is one, who disseminates and maintains H sentiments not according with the truths which God hath revealed. In a religion of which the Divinity himself is the author, we cannot be at variance with revelation-without falling into error. Revelation, notwithstanding, is not witness in its own cause ; nor does Almighty God any longer make known to us immediately and personally, what he requires us to believe. What then is the medium through which we are to attain the perfect certitude of any doctrine being revealed? This in effect, is the principal and fundamental point, in which catholics and protestants are at issue with each other. The latter, with some semblance of plausibility, maintain that holy scripture is the medium by which Almighty God has been pleased to instruct us concerning revelation ; that whoever believes holy scripture, which is the word of God, believes in fact -all that God has revealed ; and that, consequently, he cannot be guilty of heterodoxy, or of culpable error. Catholics on the other hand, contend, that holy scripture, which they equaly believe to be the word of God, cannot possibly be the organ
revelation to all. In fact, this divine book does not actually go
in quest of infidels who are utter strangers to it; it neither instructs, nor so much as speaks to those that cannot read.
Let us make the supposition--that an infidel by soñe lucky dan
rencounter, lights upon a bible translated into his own language; whence must he derive his conviction of its being the word of God; that whatever is contained in this book is true, and that he is bound to believe it with divine faith?
If he is so persua* ded, it is because some missionary has assured him of it; in
which case his faith rests upon the word of the missionary, and not upon
the written word of God. From the times of the apostles down to the present day, there is no instance of a sin
gle infidel being brought to the faith-solely by reading the holy one scripture. Hence, St Paul affirms, that faith comes not by Eatic
reading, but by the hearing : fides ex auditu. EET From the above præmissæ catholics conclude, that the mean
established by Almighty God-of coming to the knowledge of I what he has revealed, is the testimony of his church, or the con
stant and uniform instruction of pastors divinely commissioned, Vie and whose mission is authentic and incontestible. Such, in fact, by is the method by which Almighty God has enlightened and con
verted all those infidel nations that have at any time embraced 29 the christian religion. Hence again, they infer, that whatever 1 dogma is contrary to what this church teaches and maintains_is on heterodox, and an error which excludes its authors and abettors
from all rational hope of salvation. Common sense, I think,
must give the verdict in favour of the catholic system, however te prejudice and the bigotry of education may incline another way.
HUSSITES--followers of John Huss, and of Jerome of Prague. b' They were both condemned to the stake, and executed at $ Constance for their seditious opinions, in 1415. Huss, deeply
tainted with the doctrines of Wicklef, taught that the church
consisted exclusively, of the just and predestinate; reprobates line and sinners, according to him, making no part of this society.
Hence he concluded, that a bad pope, for instance, was no longer the vicar of Jesus Christ ; that bishops and priests living in the state of sin, forfeited of course, all claim to jurisdiction and ministerial power.
This doctrine he extends even to the persons of civil magistrates and princès: those that are vicious
and govern ill, he says, are ipso facto stript of all authority. i Vast numbers adopted his sentiments in Bohemia and Moravia.
The consequences of such pernicious tenets are obvious. The moment any subject establishes himself judge of the conduct of
his superiors as well spiritual as temporal, and that it appears to in him exceptionable, he has nothing to do but rise in arms to effect
Thus did this pretender to reform, under the specious plea of
mar opposing the abuses to which the authority of the Roman pon call tiffs, sometimes carried to excess, gave occasion,--aim a mortal whi blow at the very vitals of all subordination in church and state. bor He held that christians were not obliged to obey their prelates,
pret but when their orders appeared to themselves reasonable and
the just; that their rule of faith was scripture alone ; with other doc and trinal innovations since adopted by the protestants. From the
! censures of the archbishop of Prague, and of the pope, he ap revi pealed to the general council of Constance; to which the king the of Bohemia commanded him to give an account of his doctrine, To after first obtaining for him of the emperor Sigismund—a pro
all mise of a free and safe passage through his dominions on his way dur to Constance, as well as on his return from the council ; provided but he should be there found orthodox, or retract his errors.
the Huss, on the contrary, obstinately refused to obey the council
, sur and continued openly to disseminate his seditious principles. gre For this treasonable and inflammatory conduct he was-by the for civil magistrate of Constance and not by the council-sentenced the to the flames. Neither the emperor nor the council on this occasion did any thing inconsistent with good faith. The council condemned his errors and left to the emperor the part of inflicting on the criminal the punishment awarded by the law; and the emperor did no more than avenge
own cause and that of every crowned head, in directing him to be legally punished when found guilty and pertinacious in his treasonable maxims. th This is a right inalienable in all sovereigns, and it is an absurdity be to imagine, that Sigismund ever had the most distant idea of despoiling himself of it.
Mosheim, the great advocate and admirer of John Huss, himself acknowledges, that the declaration which he made against the infallibility of the catholic church, was sufficient to entitle him to the epithet of false teacher. Was then the catholic church to alter its belief, in order with consistency to absolve -a person of that description ? Mosheim again, allows (Hist. Eccles.) that the Hussites of Bohemia rebelled against the emperor Sigismund-after he became their lawful sovereign; and chose to take up arms rather than submit to the decrees of the council of Constance; pretending that Huss had been condemned unjustly. Was it therr in character for an ignorant banditti, as they certainly were, to undertake to decide as judges--what was orthodox doctrine and what not? They did not long agree even among themselves ; and soon formed two independent parties; the one denominated Calixtins--because they insisted upon being allowed the privilege of the chalice at communion ; requiring, moreover, that the clergy should imitate the conduct of the apostles, and that mortal sins should be punished in a