Oddkin's Thoughts

apostasy 

Heretic. Blasphemer. Apostate. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ve probably been called at least one of these at some point in your life. But how should we respond to such labels?

For some, being seen as a heretic or blasphemer or apostate is one of the worst fates they could endure; others wear these labels as a badge of honor. Still others don’t know what to make of them.

If we’re going to have any meaningful discussion of theological claims to truth, then, we need to start by defining the terms.

The word heresy is commonly used to describe a belief or idea that’s in conflict with the core teachings of Christianity, and particularly an idea that’s theologically dangerous – one that will lead people who believe it away from God.

But this isn’t what the word originally meant. The Greek hairesis (from which we get…

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