Here’s a question – what exactly is the damage that heresy does? I think I’ve demonstrated in past posts that heresy doesn’t bother me very much, but often when it is discussed, it is presented as if it is this incredibly damaging thing, as if it has the power to destroy in its very existence, like a plague against which orthodoxy is the only inoculation.
It seems like, given enough time, the good ideas will rise to the surface. Hopefully this is true of theology the way it is true for engineering. Powerful ideas will move people closer to God and terrible ideas will eventually be identified and discarded. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth in scripture and reason and experience and tradition. And we’re all limited, contextual creatures who see now in a mirror darkly.
So, clearly many people think I’m missing something big here. Tell me.
(Bear in mind that I don’t equate saving faith with cognitive assent, so I’m not going to be very amenable to the argument that if people are tricked into ‘believing’ wrong things they’ll go to Hell. Feel free to make the argument – my comments aren’t moderated, and you might convince me. It’ll be tough without being able to point to examples in Hell, but obviously I like a good argument.)