The word schism
is derived from the Greek
, meaning division or split (from σχιζο, schizo
, "to split").
Schism can refer to:
is someone who creates or incites schism. Schismatic
can also be used as an adjective to describe ideas, policies, etc. that are thought to lead towards or promote schism.
In the early centuries of Christianity, schism was considered by many Christians to be as serious or more serious than heresy.