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The Handling Of Dissenters

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This chapter focuses on the 'battle with heresies' that was sparked by the spread of Sergio's ideas within the colonies. Through the biographic perspective of two individuals (Bernard and Benjamin) who supported and disseminated Sergio's ideas, it examines the process by which the Leardeenst attempted to maintain control over dissent and heresy. The chapter deals with is the use, or rather the avoidance of the excommunication process within the Old Colony. One of the interesting aspects of Bernard's narrative is that the meeting with Sergio was a focal point. Events that otherwise could have been forgotten, were retold as early signs of what was going to happen in the future. The Leardeenst had attempted to focus more on the origin of the texts and ideas, so as not to have to discuss the actual contents.

Keywords:Benjamin; Bernard; dissenters; excommunication process; Leardeenst; Old Colony; Sergio; Swift Current colony



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