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'Heresy' was promoted as an idea by Christian religion in order to effect sociopolitical opposition to competitive cultic interests. The added incentive for identifying these was that they might be mistaken for ecclesiastical dogma (their resemblance to doctrinal thought or behaviour was sufficiently likely that they had to be pointed out as 'heresies' by church officiants and condemned).

As such, though the term 'heresy' has entered into popular parlance as a belief or activity which is opposed, its usage implies an institutional ratification or condemnation, an organized religious power exercised in the world. Without it, it holds no weight and merely implies opposition by one cult against the doings or doctrines of what they perceive as their competition.