Heresy

Saw this over at Miscellanies a few days ago:

From Alister McGrath’s latest, Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth (HarperOne, 2009), page 31:

“A heresy is a doctrine that ultimately destroys, destabilizes, or distorts a mystery rather than preserving it. Sometimes a doctrine that was once thought to defend a mystery actually turns out to subvert it. A heresy is a failed attempt at orthodoxy, whose fault lies not in its willingness to explore possibilities or press conceptual boundaries, but in its unwillingness to accept that it has in fact failed.”

HT: Tony Reinke

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