[quote="Wandile, post:1, topic:281981"]
Today I had a deep discussion with an Anglican friend of mine and we spoke about many topics. It further led to the core doctrines of Protestantism ; the 5 Solas. And various others.
I managed to point out how some of the core doctrines and various others are false and thus, are heretical doctrines. He admitted that these doctrines were clearly unorthodox and contradictory to Biblical and early church teachings.
My question is : If the core doctrines of Protestantism like Sola Scriptura are false, ergo in heresy, then is not Protestantism in its nature a heresy?:confused:
Yes of course, but protestants would dispute the "if" there. It is a big "if". Since heresy is a conscious rejection of true things (with apostasy being rejection of the faith entirely), then pretty much every belief system that is not orthodox Catholicism could be called heresy (or heretical, rather, with the people who hold it committing heresy). However, in this age where the Christians are not united and people are born into other sects, the label and its negative connotations are much less useful.
That is, a born and raised devout baptist is wrong, but calling him a heretic implies (in connotation if not necessarily in strict meaning) that he consciously chose to ignore something which he at least at some point believed to be authoritative, or that he is not only wrong but is rebelliously so. But no rebellion in fact happened, as this person never believed the Catholic Church to be correct and so does not see himself (probably) as going contrary to anything he ever believed was true.
So I question whether or not such a characterization is useful, even if it is technically accurate, simply because of the connotation of explicitly rejecting something you once believed or rejecting an authority you once considered to bind you. (This connotation thing would not be a problem, for example, with the women who try to get themselves ordained as priests.)
Or in short, I am not sure that what most people mean by the word is in fact what the word means, so we should at least be very careful with it.