|1.||It must be noted that amongst all kinds of sins heresy is by far the worst. Many other sins do not involve obstinacy, but heresy does, because according to Augustine it is not the error that makes a heretic but his obstinacy. Whence he says: 'I will be able to err, but I will not be a heretic.'1|
|2.||In addition, many other sins only concern one individual. This one, however, passes to other people since it is infectious. Because of this it is often referred to in the scriptures as leprosy. Bede: 'Lepers cannot be judged harshly, who without having the real knowledge of the faith confess to various doctrines of errors.'2|
|3.||In addition, there are many other sins that do not cover themselves up, so that those who perpetrate them know full well that they do evil. But this one covers itself up under the guise of good, thence no heretic says that he thinks of himself as bad, but good. And so it is said about heretics in Matthew 7: They come to you disguised as sheep, but underneath they are ravenous wolves.|
|4.||It must also be noted that among all sins this one is particularly|
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Publication information: Book title: Crusade Propaganda and Ideology: Model Sermons for the Preaching of the Cross. Contributors: Christoph T. Maier - Compiler. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, England. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 223.
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