Yesterday was the Sunday of Orthodoxy, commemorating the Triumph of Orthodoxy over the Iconoclasts in 843 AD. There is a lengthy work called the Synodicon of Orthodoxy, from which only selections are usually read in parish churches, but which is somewhat of a history of heresies. Here is one paragraph:
To those who do not accept with a pure and simple faith and with all their soul and heart the extraordinary miracles of our Saviour and God, those of His immaculate Mother, our Lady, the Theotokos, and of the other Saints, but who attempt with sophistic demonstration and words to traduce those miracles as being impossible, or to misinterpret them according to their own lights and to dispose of them in conformance with their own opinion,
Anathema. Anathema. Anathema.
Text excerpted, pp 48-9, from “Synodicon of Orthodoxy,” The True Vine 27/28 (Spring 2000), 35-82.
This paragraph is from a section which dates to just after 1082, and was directed against John Italus and his followers, who preferred pagan Greek philosophy to the doctrines of the Church. It goes to show that “modern” man is not always original, and certainly is not so in his denial of the miraculous.
There is, as Solomon may once have said, nothing new under the sun.