Religion claims to be in possession of an absolute truth; but its history is a history of errors and heresies. It gives us the promise and prospect of a transcendent world far beyond the limits of our human experience and it remains human, all too human.
Religions are kept alive by heresies, which are really sudden explosions of faith. Dead religions do not produce them.
For indeed heresies perish not with their authors, but like the river Arethusa, though they lose their currents in one place, they rise up again in another.
It isthe customary fate of new truthsto begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
... we sometimes find that such heresies have been the foundation for bold and necessary change, but heresy is usually just crazy. Most daring new ideas are foolish or dangerous and appropriately rejected or ignored. So while it may be true that great geniuses are usually heretics, heretics are rarely great geniuses.james g. march
As to the doctrine of the Circles it may briefly be summed up in a single maxim, "Attend to your Configuration." Whether political, ecclesiastical, or moral, all their teaching has for its object the improvement of individual and collective Configuration with special reference of course to the Configuration of the Circles, to which all other objects are subordinated. It is the merit of the Circles that they have effectually suppressed those ancient heresies which led men to waste energy and sympathy in the vain belief that conduct depends upon will, effort, training, encouragement, praise, or anything else but Configuration.edwin abbot
The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy.jorge luis borges
The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.aleister crowley
History warns us ... that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.thomas henry huxley
If there is a sentence in the creed which we cannot say together, there is nothing in Christ which we would wish to be different; and heresies of the heart are quite as dangerous, and to me as estranging, as errors in the head.
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.Alexander Hamilton
We must nevertheless present all possible interpretations for each observation, so that competing theories can be formulated and defended. In science, as elsewhere, intellectual inertia, the fashions of the moment, the weight of institutions, and authoritarianism are always to be feared. heresies play an essential role by keeping our minds argumentative and alert.hubert reeves
heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.